June 1, 2011

Ruby proves lucky for Jeweled 7 winner


HaysINDIANAPOLIS – When you live in Michigan but work in Indiana, you become accustomed to stopping at gas stations on both sides of the bordering states.  The same holds true for Jeffrey Hays of Sturgis, Michigan who works in LaGrange, Ind. 

“I normally stop at a gas station on the way home,” said Hays.  “Where I stop depends on which one has cheaper gas.”

Last Friday, Hays stopped at a filling station in Indiana, purchased fuel and a lottery ticket, and instantly became $77,777 richer! Hays purchased a $5 Jeweled 7 Scratch-Off ticket from the Howe Travel Stop Plaza located at 50 W 750 N in Howe, Ind.

Though he has played the game previously, this was the first time he has scratched one with the Ruby front scene.  Hays purchased the ticket on May 27 and held onto to it throughout the Memorial Day holiday weekend while camping.

Hays said, “I only told my wife because I wanted to be sure this was real. I even took photos of the ticket to be extra careful!”

 A grandfather to seven, Hays has a few ideas in mind for his win including the purchase of a new car for his wife.

“She shuttles all our grandkids around so she could use it!” remarked an excited Hays.

With retirement plans put into place years ago, the extra money will help Hays and his wife add a little extra cushion to their future savings account.

The Hoosier Lottery reminds players to always play responsibly, and to always sign the back of their tickets. 

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.


For more information, please contact Megan Wright at mwright@hoosierlottery.com or 317-264-4805.


Photo: Jeffrey Hays shows off his winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis.


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