Last year, $30 million of the Lottery revenue was directed to local police and firefighters' pensions.
INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 18, 2020) - For the second year in a row, POWERBALL® and Dick Clark Productions are teaming up with participating lotteries across the U.S. to give players a chance to become the “POWERBALL First Millionaire of the Year.” Indiana residents have a contender to cheer for, as Hoosier Lottery player Steven Everage, 46, from Seymour is one-of-five finalists.
“I was at home eating supper when I found out I was a finalist. I was very happy to hear about it!” said Everage. “I'm excited by the chance of winning and it's a great chance to possibly become debt free.”
As a finalist, Everage receives “The Party@Home New Year’s Eve Party Package” valued at $20,000—including a $12,500 cash prize, deluxe surf and turf dinner from Omaha Steaks, 70" LED TV including a home theater sound system and so much more— providing an epic New Year’s Eve party from the safety of his home.
Hoosiers will have the chance to watch Everage in his bid to win $1 million during ABC’s live broadcast of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2021.” Country artist Jessie James Decker is returning as POWERBALL® correspondent for the second year and will provide live updates throughout the evening, checking in with all five finalists celebrating at their homes across the country, before revealing the “POWERBALL First Millionaire of the Year” just after midnight on January 1, 2021.
Everage, who works in manufacturing of auto parts, is a loyal Hoosier Lottery player. “I like playing POWERBALL® and Scratch-offs for the chance to win life-changing amounts of money. I play every Saturday.” Previously, his fondest memories from the Hoosier Lottery is when his wife won $50,000 on a Scratch-off in 2007.
The five finalists in the national promotion were selected on November 5 by the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) and Dick Clark Productions from the pool of semi-finalists submitted by participating lotteries across the country. The five finalists are from Indiana, Washington D.C., Florida, Pennsylvania and Nebraska.
The Hoosier Lottery awarded 30 semi-finalists $500 and a chance to become one of the five finalists across participating lotteries. To participate, Hoosier Lottery players entered their non-winning POWERBALL® tickets into the myLOTTERY 2nd Chance promotion between August 23 through September 14, resulting in over 33,000 Hoosier Lottery entries into the promotion.
“Hoosiers will have one of our own to cheer for as we ring in a new year, “said Sarah M. Taylor, Hoosier Lottery Executive Director. “Last year’s inaugural event brought enthusiasm and excitement to both finalists and viewers. This year’s selection will no doubt give people nationwide a reason to cheer and smile and hopefully, the winner will be from Indiana.”