August 30, 2011

Two weeks proves to be worth the wait
for Hoosier Lottery winner

WittenbornINDIANAPOLIS –A winning lottery ticket has to be near the top of the list of things you don’t want to lose in a purse full of receipts and other odds-and-ends, but that was almost the case for an Illinois woman recently.

Herrin, Illinois resident Joann Wittenborn purchased a Hoosier Lottery Scratch-off ticket two weeks ago while visiting her second home in Dyer, Ind. After purchasing the ticket at Crown Point Marathon at 702 East Joliet Street in Crown Point, Ind., Wittenborn stuffed it in her purse and forgot about it until a few days ago. Once she found it, she scratched it and found out it was a $100,000 Double Platinum Payout winning ticket. 

A retired IT professional, Wittenborn is the ninth player to claim a top prize in the game. One top prize of $100,000 remains unclaimed at this time.

“I didn’t really sleep much (Sunday) night after I realized I had a winning ticket all that time,” said Wittenborn.

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

As with all Hoosier Lottery games, the net income generated from the sale 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 Al Larsen at or 317-264-4805.

Photo:  Joann Wittenborn claims her winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters.



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