Will there be a Wednesday winner?
Hoosier Lotto jackpot is $23 million
INDIANAPOLIS (April 9, 2014) - The Hoosier Lotto jackpot has been growing for weeks and is now at $23 million!
Will there be a winner tonight?
The last time the hometown favorite game had a jackpot winner was October 2013. Back then, the top prize was taken by Richard McMurray of Bloomington, who snagged a $3.5 million jackpot.
The Hoosier Lotto has been around since September of 1994, making it one of the Hoosier Lottery's most trusted games. More than 100 winners have claimed Hoosier Lotto jackpots and in the last five years alone, the top prized has been hit 26 times. Players in the cities of Indianapolis, Elkhart, Jasper, Moores Hill, Glenwood, Daleville, New Albany, Muncie, Highland, Columbus, Frankfort, Newport, Huntertown, Bedford, Guston, Summitville and Bloomington all laid claim to jackpot hits ranging from $1 million to $34.5 million in the last five years.
The largest Hoosier Lotto jackpot ever was $54.5 million and was won by retired East Chicago steelworker Peter Gilbert, who claimed his prize in November 2007.
In addition to the jackpot prize, which is won when all six drawn numbers are matched, Hoosier Lotto pays pari-mutuel prizes on match four and match five numbers. The game also pays a $3 prize on a match three ticket and awards a free Hoosier Lotto ticket for another shot at the jackpot when a ticket matches two.
Hoosier Lotto tickets and all other Hoosier Lottery tickets are available at over 4,000 retailers in Indiana. Profits from the sale of Mega Millions®, Powerball®, Hoosier Lotto and all Hoosier Lottery tickets sold in Indiana stay in Indiana.
Ninety-four cents of every dollar stays in Indiana and goes back to Indiana in some way, whether in prizes to players, commissions to retailers or support for Teachers' Retirement Fund and firefighter and police pensions. Lottery profits in Indiana also reduce vehicle excise tax by 50 percent.
Statewide, Hoosier Lottery games helped the Hoosier Lottery generate more than $714 million for Indiana. In 2012, the Hoosier Lottery distributed approximately:
• $415 million to winners in prizes
• $60 million to retailers in sales commissions and bonuses
• $28 million to vendors
• $30 million to police and firefighter pensions
• $30 million to Teachers' Retirement Fund
• $147 million to Build Indiana Fund, where it was used to reduce vehicle excise tax by 50 percent
ABOUT THE HOOSIER LOTTERY: Hoosier Lottery distributions benefit every county throughout Indiana. Each fiscal year, the Hoosier Lottery contributes $30 million to local police and firefighters' pensions, and $30 million to the Teacher's Retirement Fund. In fiscal year 2012, $147.6 million in Hoosier Lottery earnings helped reduce motor vehicle excise taxes by 50 percent.
To learn more about the Hoosier Lottery, visit www.hoosierlottery.com and follow on Facebook and Twitter. To view a video about where the proceeds from the Hoosier Lottery go, click here.
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