Contestants named for Hoosier Millionaire live show in Fort Wayne

Sixth contestant will be selected from audience on-site April 17

NDIANAPOLIS (March 10, 2014) - We now know the identity of five of the six contestants on the Fort Wayne Hoosier Millionaire live road show to be held at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum April 17.

The Hoosier Lottery conducted a second-chance drawing March 5 to determine five of the six contestants. The sixth contestant at each show will be selected from the audience on-site. Seating is limited.

Contestants hail from Kokomo, Alexandria, Peru, Columbus and Evansville.

Fort Wayne group shot

Ricky Rhodes of Kokomo was the first of the Fort Wayne contestants to claim his spot. The Howard County resident is a huge fan of the original show. Although he doesn't consider himself to be tech savvy, the 53-year-old decided to enter his non-winning Hoosier Millionaire scratch-off ticket online at www.hoosierlottery.com for a chance to be a contestant on one of the six live Hoosier Millionaire shows. 

"This is exciting and I'm elated to be picked - and signing up was very easy,"  said Rhodes who is looking forward to having his wife of 19 years and at least one of his four children with him at the show.

Stay-at-home mom Mary Head of Alexandria said being a contestant is "too good to be true!" Head watched the original Hoosier Millionaire show faithfully. She entered seven tickets into mylottery second-chance promotion, but it only took one of them to win her place on the Fort Wayne show.

Glenda Catt of Peru is a manufacturing professional and member of the United Steel Workers Union, Local 2958.  Catt also watched the original show religiously, and she was determined to win a spot on one of the six 25th Anniversary live shows.

"This is amazing! I told my husband a month ago that it would be one (ticket) in this stack that would get me on," said Catt.

Great-grandmother Susie Saunders of Columbus said she "feels lucky" to have been chosen as a contestant on the Fort Wayne live show. She hopes that luck continues and carries her to the championship show in August to compete for prizes up to $1 million.

For Jeanette Bogacki of Evansville, the road to being the next Hoosier Millionaire may well go from Evansville to Fort Wayne to Indianapolis. Bogacki has a chance to win big money as a contestant at the Fort Wayne Hoosier Millionaire live show event. If she plays her numbers right, Bogacki could even find herself competing for prizes up to $1 million in the championship show in Indianapolis in August.

The winner at each regional live show event (Evansville, Fort Wayne, Terre Haute, Elkhart, New Albany and Indianapolis) will go on to compete for a chance to be the next Hoosier Millionaire in the 25th Anniversary championship show at the Indianapolis State Fair in August.

Wanna-be Hoosier Millionaires can enter their non-winning Hoosier Milionaire scratch-off tickets online through mylottery at www.hoosierlottery.com .  Mylottery is free to sign up for. Hopeful contestants have until July 6 to enter the second-chance promotion. The second-chance promotion runs through August with the final walk-on second-chance promotion on Aug. 16

The Hoosier Millionaire live regional road show events kick off March 27 in Evansville.  Full details regarding dates, locations and entry deadlines for all Hoosier Millionaire live shows -  and wheel spin events at Evansville, Newburgh and Jasper retailers that are happening this week - are available at hoosierlottery.com.

$5.8 million won; millions more up for grabs instantly on Hoosier Millionaire!

The 25th Anniversary Hoosier Millionaire Scratch-off offers millions in instant prizes. Since the game launched in early January, players have won more than $5.8 million in instant prizes. Three of the game's $75,000 top prizes have been claimed - but six remain unclaimed at this time!

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For more information, please contact Stephanie McFarland at smcfarland@hoosierlottery.in.gov.  

Photos (L to R) - Ricky Rhodes, Mary Head, Glenda Catt, Susie Saunders and Jeanette Bogacki. High resolution photos are available upon request.

 

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