FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 28, 2010
The Price is Right at the Indianapolis Airport
INDIANAPOLIS – Langston Coffer, come on down!
Langston Coffer of Indianapolis is the fifth lucky player to win a top prize on Hoosier Lottery's The Price is Right scratch-off game. Coffer purchased his $75,000 winning ticket from a Hoosier Lottery vending machine at the Indianapolis International Airport last Friday.
Coffer bought the ticket while waiting to board a flight to California where he was going to his daughter's college graduation.
After scratching the ticket, Coffer found himself in an unusual predicament. He wasn't sure how to keep the ticket safe on his trip. Afterall, it's not everyday you find yourself stuck in a crowded public place holding a piece of paper worth $75,000.
"I couldn't put it in my bag because they might make me gate check it. I was afraid to let go of it. I was afraid to go to sleep," joked Coffer.
Coffer, who actually works security at the airport, quietly held onto his ticket and didn't tell anybody about his win until he got back home and finally told his mother, Marian Coffer, and his girlfriend, Sharon Jones, who both accompanied him to Hoosier Lottery Headquarters to claim his prize Thursday.
Coffer's mother and girlfriend initially didn't believe him when he said he'd won some money from the Hoosier Lottery. They changed their tunes as he collected his check.
"People really win," said Marian Coffer. "This has made a believer out of me!"
As for his plans for his winnings, Coffer says he knows his first step, but not his second.
"First, I'm thanking God," said Coffer. "Not sure what I'm going to do after that. I'm not a materialistic person, but it feels good to win. I want to help the people I love. I'll probably do something for my mom."
The Price is Right game offered 12 top prizes of $75,000 when it launched April 22. Seven top prizes remain unclaimed at this time.
Since 1989, Hoosier Lottery players have won more than $7.6 billion in prizes. The Hoosier Lottery has transferred $3.7 billion to the state for the benefit of the citizens of Indiana.
The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to please play responsibly.
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Photo: Langston Coffer at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters.