Spring preview in March heats winners up

INDIANAPOLIS (March 17, 2014) - Hoosiers are anticipating the spring after a grueling winter. March is heating up for Indiana players and serving as a spring preview with winners from Ft. Wayne, Merrillville and Indianapolis.

Couple gets dream wedding with Powerball® win
Samuel Luckett and Antoinette Steele of Ft. Wayne only play the Hoosier Lottery occasionally. Now, the lucky couple is overjoyed with a spur-of-the moment decision to purchase a Powerball® ticket that won them a whopping $2 million.

The Allen County couple purchased the winning ticket at the Fairfield Marathon on 3230 Fairfield Ave in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. When Luckett purchased the ticket, he added the Power Play® Multiplier for $1, which doubled the $1 million prize for matching all five numbers without getting the Powerball.

Antoinette Steele works in retail and Samuel Luckett works at a fast food restaurant, but the win will allow them to leave their current positions. After a seven-year engagement, the couple will focus on planning the perfect wedding.

"This is unbelievable. We can finally have the wedding we only imagined before the win," Steele explained.
The couple have seven children aged 8 to16 and they intend to take them on a trip to Disneyworld.

Lucky grandmother shocked over near record Cash 5 win
The Cash 5 rollover finally ended on March 10 when Angela Holland of Indianapolis matched all of the numbers to claim one of the game's largest prizes of $223,500. The Cash 5 game starts with a jackpot of $50,000.

Holland had a short trip to the Hoosier Lottery headquarters in Indianapolis to claim her prize. She purchased the ticket at King Petroleum on 2910 Dr. Martin Luther King.The Marion County resident was unaware of the exact amount she had won. Holland was overwhelmed with emotion after receiving her check from the prize payment representative.

"I can't believe it! I can pay off my mortgage and take a vacation with my granddaughter to Disneyland," Holland said.

The game's second largest jackpot of $239,000 was paid out in January of 2014 to a winner in Merrillville Indiana.

Indianapolis man becomes instant millionaire
Thomas Moore of Indianapolis proved to be another lucky Hoosier when he won a $1 million top prize from the Lucky Millionaire scratch-off.

Moore was in the process of claiming $40 from a second scratch-off game he had purchased in the Phillips 66 gas station at 4428 Professional Dr. in Zionsville, Indiana. He knew that his Lucky Millionaire ticket was also a winner, but he had failed to uncover the section listing the specific amount. Moore was shocked upon discovering he was an instant millionaire.

"I thought maybe this is a joke. It can't be real, but it is. Now, I can become debt free and focus on my family," Moore expressed.

Moore has three adult daughters, five grandkids and one great-grandchild. Although he still works, the win will allow him a little more leisure time to fish and watch his grandson's college baseball games.

Ft. Wayne winner can't believe his eyes
Another Ft. Wayne resident claimed a top prize of $100,000 for the 20X The Cash scratch-off ticket. Robin Bryant works as a Fork Lift operator. He was shocked after realizing the ticket was a big winner.

"I did a double-take to make sure it was really worth that much," he explained.

Bryant purchased his ticket at the Grand Food Junction market on 1415 North Coliseum Boulevard in Ft. Wayne.

An additional eight top prizes remain unclaimed for this game.

Merrillville player goes with hunch and wins top prize
Veronica Shackerford is a lucky player from Merrillville that won $50,000 from the Wild Cherry Crossword game. Shackerford purchased the winning ticket at the Speedway gas station at 4733 W 61st Ave. in Hobart, Indiana. 

She recalls being in a rush when she chose the ticket, but her intuition paid off with one of the game's top prizes.

"This is amazing! Something told me to try the new game and I scratched it off in the store, but the clerk told me the amount was too high to claim there," Shackerford said.

The Lake County resident intends to use her winnings to throw her husband of 10 years a nice retirement party.

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