winner stories

Mary Zaragoza

Purchased City: Dyer
Date Won: 11/29/2010
Amount Won: $125,000
Crown Point resident wins big on Holiday Scratch-off

When Mary L. Zaragoza of Crown Point, Ind., scratched her latest Hoosier Lottery ticket, she was so stunned by what was revealed she immediately called her husband, Joe.  Unsure if Joe believed her, Mary took a picture of the Scratch-off using the camera on her phone and sent it to him.  Viewing the photo confirmed to Joe that Mary had in fact won $125,000.

“I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” said Mary. “I told Joe, ‘I think I just won $125,000,’ but I was too stunned to be sure.”

Mary purchased the newly released $5 Holiday Winnings Scratch-off from BP AM/PM located at 3325 Hart Street in Dyer, Ind. the day before Thanksgiving.  Zaragoza says she normally purchases Hoosier Lottery tickets each week simply by playing with what she wins on her tickets, both Scratch-off and draw games.

“I’ve never won anything big.  Just enough to play a little bit more for the fun of it,” she said. “This certainly will help make life a little easier.”


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