Group of Hoosiers wins $7.7 million Hoosier Lotto jackpot on free ticket
INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 22, 2018) — A group of lifelong friends who play Hoosier Lotto together claimed the latest Hoosier Lotto jackpot this week, and they won on a free ticket.
The group of four claimed the estimated $7.7 million jackpot as 2018 Global Partners LLC. They described themselves as Hoosiers with blue collar backgrounds. Their Hoosier Lotto pool dates back 10 years, playing every Wednesday and Saturday drawing.
A group member obtained the winning ticket at VGCS LLC, 1501 N. Calumet Ave. in Valparaiso, matching all six numbers in the Feb. 7, 2018 drawing. The ticket was a free ticket redeemed from a previous drawing. Players who match two numbers in the Hoosier Lotto drawing win a free ticket.
“It’s pretty amazing to get one free ticket and actually win this amount of money,” one of the winners said.
One of the winners noticed early in the morning the day after the drawing that someone hit the Hoosier Lotto jackpot. The group member went to visit another group member, exchanging chit chat for a while before dropping the bomb that “by the way, we did win.”
2018 Global Partners LLC took the lump sum option, which was $4,016,322 before taxes. The group has some personal plans for the prize money, and also would like to do something charitable with the winnings.
The retailer will receive a $100,000 bonus from Hoosier Lottery for selling the winning jackpot ticket.
Hoosier Lotto jackpot odds are 1 in 9,366,819. Overall Odds are 1 in 6.
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