May 31, 2011

Lucky 5 win makes for memorable Memorial Day weekend

FinkenbinerINDIANAPOLIS – As Kim Finkenbiner left early from work last Friday afternoon, one of his co-workers questioned why he was in such a hurry and joked about cashing in a lottery ticket. Little did he know that Finkenbiner was on his way south to Hoosier Lottery headquarters in Indianapolis to do just that. Finkenbiner held in his possession a winning Lucky 5 ticket from the May 20th drawing worth $50,000.

“I went into work long enough to get payroll turned in for my guys and then took off,” said Finkenbiner, a supervisor in the lamination department of Gulfstream Coach, Inc. 

Finkenbiner purchased his winning Lucky 5 ticket from the Simar Convenience store located at 2068 E. Market Street in Nappanee, Ind. along with his other favorite games including Powerball®, Hoosier Lotto™ and Mega Millions®.

That Saturday, he checked his numbers as he does every weekend on the Hoosier Lottery’s website and discovered his win. Up early to take his 5 year-old grandson fishing, he says he left the house with an smile on his face.

“My wife texted me while we were fishing telling me to have a good day,” recalled Finkenbiner. “I responded that I already have.”  He shared the exciting news with her when he returned later that afternoon.

For Finkenbiner, the win means a new lawnmower is in his future.  The rest he says will be put to good use in savings and paying down on his mortgage.

The Hoosier Lottery reminds players to always play responsibly, and to always sign the back of their tickets.  Hoosier Lottery players have 180 days to claim prizes on Hoosier Lottery draw games.

As with all Hoosier Lottery games, the net income generated from sales of Scratch-off tickets 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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Photo: Kim Finkenbiner at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters.


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