January 18, 2013
South Bend man wins $134,000 playing Cash 5
INDIANAPOLIS – A South Bend man came forward to claim a $134,000 Hoosier Lottery prize this week. Retired biology teacher and driving-school owner, Arnie Horowitz, presented Lottery officials with a Cash 5 ticket that matched all five numbers drawn in the Dec. 26 drawing.
In turn, Hoosier Lottery officials presented Horowitz with an oversized check today at a formal check presentation at the retailer where Horowitz purchased his lucky ticket, Rick’s 66 at 51519 State Road 933 North in South Bend.
Horowitz said he has been playing the Cash 5 game for a few weeks and always plays his own numbers. Those numbers, 4-6-20-26-29, just happened to be the winning numbers drawn in the Dec. 26 drawing.
“I’m going to pay off my house and go shopping!” said Horowitz, who planned to hit the mall on his way home from Hoosier Lottery Headquarters Wednesday.
Even though he planned to splurge and do some celebratory shopping, Horowitz also had a sound long-term plan. He plans to make a big deposit to his IRA.
Horowitz is the fifth player to claim a Cash 5 jackpot so far in the short history of the game, which launched Nov. 4. Players in Merrillville, Fort Wayne, Muncie and Monticello laid claim to the game’s first four jackpot prizes. A ticket sold in Batesville matched all five numbers in the Jan. 15 drawing and is worth $205,000 in that drawing, but the winner has not yet come forward.
Cash 5 offers the best cash odds of any Hoosier Lottery draw game and costs just $1 per play. The overall odds of winning are 1 in 8.8. Cash 5 numbers are drawn every night. The jackpot starts at $50,000 and rolls, or increases, every night until it is hit.
Players may purchase Cash 5 tickets anywhere Hoosier Lottery draw games are sold and may be purchased simply by asking a retail clerk for "Cash 5."
The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly.
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.
For more information, please contact Betsy Gutierrez at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-264-4852 or Al Larsen at email@example.com or 317-264-4805.
Photo: Arnie Horowitz claims his Cash 5 jackpot prize.