"I won!" Marion man says magic words

Randolph I wonINDIANAPOLIS (July 3, 2013) - Lottery winners often report that one of the most fun things about winning is sharing their exciting, and often life-changing, news with loved ones.  Getting to say the words "I won the lottery!" is something most people dream about.

That was exactly the case with Terry Randolph of Marion.  After Randolph scratched off a $150,000 top-prize winning Winner Take All ticket in the parking lot of a Marion Village Pantry, he wasted no time running home to tell his wife, Sheila, the good news!

"I was yelling 'Sheila, I won! I won $150,000!'" said Randolph.

Sheila Randolph reacted the way most friends and family members react when a loved one starts frantically shouting the big news.  First she thought something was horribly wrong.  Then she assumed Terry was joking and didn't believe him. Eventually Sheila Randolph came around, but it took a serious inspection of the ticket.

"Money's been so tight the last year," said Sheila Randolph. "This'll help out a lot."

As the reality of their $150,000 windfall sets in, the couple is contemplating a couple of purchases, mainly a new truck for Terry.

"Mine's getting a little banged up," said Terry Randolph.

First on the list of expenditures is a hotel upgrade and a day-trip to Disney World on a Florida vacation the couple was already planning for their three grandchildren.

RandolphTerry purchased his lucky ticket at his usual Hoosier Lottery spot, the Village Pantry at 1422 E. 38th Street in Marion.

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Photo:  Terry Randolph of Marion claims his $150,000 scratch-off prize at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters July 3.


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