May 12, 2011


Veteran, recent Anderson transplant wins $130,000

DearbornINDIANAPOLIS – An Anderson man has won $130,000 on a Hoosier Lottery scratch-off and has big plans to use the money to expand his children’s educational opportunities.  Denis Dearborn, a disabled Marine and former police officer, won a top prize on a $5 Triple the Money Scratch-off.

Dearborn claimed his winnings with his wife and two young sons at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters Wednesday afternoon.  The Madison County resident works out of his home building custom guitars. His wife home-schools their two sons and is pursuing a degree in Accounting. The couple moved to Indiana approximately two months ago from Massachusetts specifically because of Indiana’s reputation as a great place to raise children.

“The most important thing to us is our kids’ education,” said Dearborn.

The couple plan to use their winnings to expand the educational opportunities for their children.

“I’m going to put 100% of it away for my kids’ education,” said Dearborn.  “We can use it to travel and experience things.  If we want to take a trip to learn about an important historical place or event we can.   It will be great to get to travel and have fun as a family.”

Dearborn purchased his lucky ticket at Ricker’s at 3304 Nichol Ave. in Anderson.  His win comes on the heels of another significant win at the same retailer.  On April 27 another Anderson resident Jeffrey Ramsey claimed a $40,000 Mega Millions® prize on a ticket purchased at the same Ricker’s location. The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to sign the back of their tickets and to please play responsibly.

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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