April 22, 2013
South Bend man is beyond words
with first Las Vegas experience
INDIANAPOLIS - When the Hoosier Lottery first informed South Bend's Michael Imus he had won a trip to Las Vegas, he didn't really believe it.
"I thought maybe it was a scam or something because it just seemed too good to be true," said Imus. "I finally realized it was really happening, but it was still hard to believe."
Imus traveled to Las Vegas April 18 and spent three nights at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino. Imus was one of four Hoosier Lottery winners to make the trip to Las Vegas to participate in the $1 Million Las Vegas Game Show Experience.
The Experience consisted of playing live versions of each of six iconic TV game shows: Match Game, Card Sharks, Family Feud, Press Your Luck, Let's Make a Deal and The Price Is Right. Players were awarded prize money based on their performance in each game, and each had a shot at a bonus prize of $1 million.
Imus won his trip to Las Vegas by way of a Hoosier Lottery second-chance drawing on Feb. 13. Imus found it hard to put his experience into words.
"I've never been to Vegas; this is my first time here," said Imus. "The city is amazing. Just the opportunity to be here has been fantastic. The Game Show Experience was very fun and well operated. I'm just speechless. It's been exciting from the very beginning and I'm still excited about it."
In addition to the experience of just being in Las Vegas, Imus hauled in $2,250 in prize money as part of the $1 Million Live Game Show Experience.
The mission of the Hoosier Lottery is to maximize net income for the state in a socially-responsible manner. In fiscal year 2012, the Hoosier Lottery generated $211 million in surplus revenue which was used to significantly reduce the motor vehicle excise tax for all Hoosier drivers and also supported the pension funds for retired Indiana teachers, police and firefighters. Player prizes for the fiscal year totaled $533 million and $60 million was earned by Indiana retailers on the sale of Hoosier Lottery products.
Since its inception in 1989, the Hoosier Lottery has produced more than $4.2 billion for the citizens of Indiana, $1 billion in commissions and bonuses for participating Indiana retailers, and has paid out more than $8.9 billion in player prizes.
The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly. Must be 18 or older to play. Gambling Addiction Referral Line: 800-994-8448.
For more information, please contact Betsy Gutierrez at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-264-4852 or Al Larsen at email@example.com or 317-242-8803.
Photo: Michael Imus on stage during the $1 Million Live Game Show Experience.