May 20, 2011

Terre Haute woman wins car in Hoosier Lottery drawing

CraftINDIANAPOLIS – LaVena Craft of Terre Haute is the first lucky winner to win the muscle car of her choice in the Hoosier Lottery’s Muscle Car Money™ second chance drawing.  Craft and her husband Kurt claimed LaVena’s prize at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters Friday afternoon.

The Vigo County woman entered her non-winning Muscle Car Money™ Scratch-off for a chance to win in one of four drawings through November 13, 2011. Craft’s ticket was drawn in the May 15 drawing.

Craft said her initial reaction to winning was “Are you kidding me?”

No.  The Hoosier Lottery wasn’t kidding.  Craft knows it now that she‘s got $53,510 in the bank to prove it. Craft opted to take the cash value instead of the car.

Muscle Car Money™ Scratch-off offers players a chance to win cash up to $75,000 and the muscle car of their choice instantly as well. Players have been winning big since the game came out

Harold Thompson and his son, Tad, both of Greenwood, Ind., won the car but opted to split their winnings by accepting the cash equivalent valued at just over $53,000.  Willie Bramlett of Indianapolis, Gayle Silverberg of Lafayette and Tina Fugate of Martinsville each won $75,000 cash instantly.

Three cash prizes of $75,000 remain unclaimed at this time.  There are still five car prizes unclaimed at this time as well.

The Hoosier Lottery reminds players to always play responsibly, and to always sign the back of their tickets.  Hoosier Lottery players have 180 days to claim prizes on Hoosier Lottery draw games.

As with all Hoosier Lottery games, the net income generated from sales of Scratch-off tickets 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.


For more information, please contact Megan Wright at or 317-264-4805.

Photo:  LaVena and Kurt Craft at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters.


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