Retired Bloomington police officer wins $3.5 million in Hoosier Lotto 

INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 20, 2013) -  A retired City of Bloomington police officer and his wife claimed a $3.5 million Hoosier Lotto jackpot prize at Hoosier Lottery headquarters in Indianapolis today. 

McMurryRichard McMurry and his wife Shirley are lifelong Bloomington residents and have been playing the same six numbers in Hoosier Lotto for as long as the game has been around, since 1990.  Their $2 weekly purchase paid off when all six of their hand-picked, birthday-related numbers were drawn as the winning numbers in the Oct. 30 drawing. The Oct. 30 Hoosier Lotto numbers were: 3-7-15-16-41-43.

"It's kind of hard to believe," said Richard McMurry. "We've never had a lot of money."

Shirley purchased the $3.5 million ticket at Kroger at 4025 S. Old State Road 37 in Bloomington. 

Although Richard McMurry joked that they are "too old to buy green bananas," the couple opted to take payment as a 30-year annuity.  The lucky grandparents-of-three received the first payment of $136,000 today and will receive $116,000 every year (before taxes) for the next 29 years. 

Before claiming their prize, the couple met with tax, financial and legal advisors and decided it made financial sense to take the annuity.  They were also attracted to the long-term security the guaranteed pay-out offered their family.

"It's good security knowing that it's there for the next 30 years," said Shirley McMurry.

Shirley McMurry is a retired Monroe County employee.  Most recently, Richard is retired from the department of Weights and Measures, but he is also a retired police officer with the City of Bloomington.

As a retired local police officer, Richard is already among those who benefit from the Hoosier Lottery.  Every year $60 million of lottery profits are allocated to the pension funds of retired local teachers, police and firefighters.

As retirees, the couple have time - and now the money - to really enjoy their free time.  The avid motorcycle enthusiasts are directors in their motorcycle club.  With guaranteed extra annual income, the fun-loving couple plan to continue their enjoyment of the open road.

Profits from Hoosier Lotto, and all Hoosier Lotto games benefit all 92 counties, including Monroe County.  In fiscal year 2012, the most recent year for which numbers are available, the Hoosier Lottery contributed $7.2 million to Monroe county by way of prizes to winners, commissions and bonuses to retailers and profits to retired teacher, police and firefighters and the Build Indiana Fund which reduces vehicle excise taxes and ultimately Hoosiers' license plate costs by about 50 percent.

Tonight's Hoosier Lotto jackpot is $3 million. 

The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly. Must be 18 or older to play.  Gambling Addiction Referral Line: 800-994-8448.

ABOUT THE HOOSIER LOTTERY: Hoosier Lottery distributions benefit every county throughout Indiana. Each fiscal year, the Hoosier Lottery contributes $30 million to local police and firefighters' pensions, and $30 million to the Teacher's Retirement Fund. In fiscal year 2012, $147.6 million in Hoosier Lottery earnings helped reduce motor vehicle excise taxes by 50 percent.

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