Woman turns pocket change into $150,000 win

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 14, 2017) — Maria Osorio’s desire to avoid pocket change led her to win $150,000 on a Hoosier Lottery Scratch-off.

Maria OsorioThe Iowa native was in Indiana visiting family when she stopped at Family Express, on 102 N. US Highway 421 in Francesville for gas. She went inside to pay. Although she normally pays with a debit card, she decided to pay in cash that day. The cashier began doling out her change in $10 bills, $5 bills, $1 bills, and then she started grabbing coins. Maria stopped her, as she didn’t want her purse jingling.

“I didn’t want coins,” Maria said. “So, I got two (Scratch-off) tickets.”

Maria drove all the way to Iowa before playing her Scratch-offs. She was five hours from Indiana when she realized she won $150,000 on a $5 Jumbo Ca$h Scratch-off.

She kept the win a secret until the morning she decided to drive to Hoosier Lottery headquarters in Indianapolis to claim the prize. She brought her sister, and she was the first person to find out.

Maria plans to pay off her mortgage with her winnings. She also plans to take a trip to El Savador.

Two top prizes of $150,000 remain on the $5 Jumbo Ca$h ticket, as of Feb. 13. Estimated Overall Odds are 1 in 3.86.

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