March 28, 2013

South Bend man listens to his gut, wins $50,000

PolaINDIANAPOLIS – Louis Pola wasn’t feeling particularly lucky last Thursday when he walked into Martin’s Supermarket at 7355 Heritage Square Drive in Granger. He listened to his gut, which ended up being a pretty lucky move.

After walking up to the counter, glancing at the clerk and remarking to her, “You look excruciatingly unlucky,” Pola turned away from the counter, walked to the self-serve instant ticket vending machine, inserted $3 and purchased a Wild Cherry Crossword Tripler Scratch-off.   

Pola is glad he listened to his gut and purchased from the machine, and not the clerk, because the Wild Cherry Crossword he purchased from the vending machine was a $50,000 winner!

Pola is taking his win in stride.  With some extra cash in his pocket, he plans to pay bills and “have a nice lunch.”

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.


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Photo: Louis Pola claims his lucky winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters March 27.


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