Southern Indiana family gets unexpected payday

VirginINDIANAPOLIS – A Southern Indiana family has won $500,000 on a Hoosier Lottery Scratch-off. James and Mary Virgin of Chandler, Ind. claimed the prize on behalf of themselves and their three grown children, Jesse Virgin of Chandler, Jamie Bingham and Amanda Daum, both of Newburgh at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis Tuesday.

The Virgin Family won a top prize on the $500,000 Payday Scratch-off.  James and Mary say the win was hard to believe at first.

“He showed me the ticket and I kept checking the back of the ticket looking for the joke,” said Mary Virgin.  “I kept saying ‘Yes! Yes! Yes!’ but I kept waiting for the punchline, too.”

Well, it’s no joke.  The family snagged the last top prize available on the $10 game that came out in November 2009.

James and Mary Virgin own a small business and plan to bank their portion of the winnings.

“We go to work every day and work hard just like everybody else,” said Mary Virgin. “This will certainly come in handy.”

As with all Hoosier Lottery games, the net income generated from the sale of Scratch-offs in Indiana is turned over to the state. Last year, the Hoosier Lottery transferred $190 million to the state where it was allocated to teachers, police and firefighters retirement funds as well as the Build Indiana Fund which ultimately reduces Hoosiers’ license plate costs.

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Photo:  Mary Virgin at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters.

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