May 24, 2013
Sudden win means new AC and mini-vacation for Mooresville couple
INDIANAPOLIS - Julie Belfire of Mooresville is the latest lucky Hoosier to claim a $50,000 top prize on the Wild Cherry Crossword Tripler game. Belfire and her husband Sean collected their winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters May 23, less than two hours after Julie purchased her winning ticket.
Though they hadn't had much time to think about it, the couple knew exactly what they plan to do with their sudden windfall.
"We're getting central air!" said Julie Belfire. "And a new car. I hate my car, but the AC's the first thing!"
The lucky couple's prize-claiming experience was made even sweeter as they realized they were suddenly in a position to be able to take a mini-vacation over the long holiday weekend.
"Let's go to French Lick," said Sean Belfire. "I've been working 12-hour shifts, six days a week."
"We could! Oh my Gosh, we could!" concurred Julie Belfire. "Let's go!"
Julie purchased her winning Scratch-off at Brooklyn Dairyland at 8074 North State Roadd 57 in Mooresville.
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 317-242-8803.
Photo: Julie and Sean Belfire claim their winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters May 23.