February 26, 2013

Wedding Bells follow $100,000 win

MartinINDIANAPOLIS – There’s never really a bad time to win $100,000, but for a Clay County couple, the timing of their $100,000 Hoosier Lottery win seemed opportune.

A week ago Dianne Martin and her fiancé Mark Knust put wedding rings in layaway with hope of setting a date and tying the knot sometime in 2015.  Their timeline changed a bit on Saturday when the pair unexpectedly won a $100,000 Hoosier Lottery prize.

“We got the rings out of layaway Saturday and we’re getting married today!” said Dianne Martin.

The couple planned to go straight from Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis to the courthouse in Brazil to make it official Monday afternoon.

“I’m still in shock,” said Martin.  “I’ve never had anything good like this happen to me.”

With five children between them – all boys - the couple doesn’t see a honeymoon on their horizon anytime soon, but they are fine with that.

“The boys all play baseball so we are pretty busy,” said Martin.  “They’ve all got lists of things they want.”

The lucky couple won on a Winning in Spades Scratch-off they purchased at Brazil Marathon at 368 E. National Avenue in Brazil.

The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly.

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.

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Photo: Mike Knust and Dianne Martin claim Martin’s $100,000 prize at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters Feb. 25.

 

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