FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  May 5, 2011

Two wins in a week for Bluffton

YbarraINDIANAPOLIS – Anita Ybarra of Bluffton is the first lucky player to claim a $100,000 prize on the Hoosier Lottery’s new Hit the Jackpot Scratch-off.  She is the second player in Bluffton to win $100,000 from the Hoosier Lottery this week.  On Monday another Bluffton resident, Rose Williams, became the first $100,000 winner on the new Hoosier Lottery game, Tag 6, on a ticket purchased at Handi Spot at 616 W. Lancaster St. in Bluffton.  Bluffton has a population of approximately 9,900.

The Hit the Jackpot game that paid off for Ybarra today went on sale this morning.  Ybarra works at a bar that sells the Hit the Jackpot game.  After selling it to a few customers, Ybarra thought it looked fun so she grabbed her tip money and ventured across the street to Pak-A-Sak at 204 West Wabash Street and bought one for herself.  She took it back to work where she scratched it and was shocked to discover a $100,000 win.

“It feels pretty great!” said Ybarra who was smiling from ear to ear as she claimed her prize at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters today. “I love it!”

Ybarra moved to Bluffton four years ago from Michigan to be near family.  She plans only one major purchase with her winnings: a Jeep Wrangler.

“I’m going to be smart and save it!”  said Ybarra.

In total, the Hit the Jackpot Scratch-off offers seven top prizes of $100,000.  Six remain unclaimed at this time.

As with all Hoosier Lottery games, the net income generated from the sale of Hoosier Lottery Scratch-offs 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.

The Hoosier Lottery reminds players to always play responsibly.

For more information, please contact Megan Wright at mwright@hoosierlottery.com or 317-264-4805.

 

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Photo:  Anita Ybarra shows off her winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis May 5.

Photo:  Rose Williams with her $100,000 check at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters May 2.

 

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