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Ann Mcclelland


Purchased City: Munster

Date Won: 2/17/2011

Amount Won: $29,080,675

$46.5 million Mega Millions winner comes forward!

Five siblings from Indiana, Illinois and Nevada will go down in the record books as being the first Hoosier Lottery players to win a Mega Millions® jackpot.  Five members of the Bolke family won $46.5 million by matching all six numbers in the February 1 Mega Millions drawing.  The family presented their winning ticket to Hoosier Lottery Officials in Indianapolis today.  The group’s lucky ticket was purchased by the siblings’ mother, the Bolke family matriarch, at Strack & Van Til at 12 Ridge Road in Munster. She purchases tickets each week with monies chipped in from each of her children. That day, it was the only ticket she purchased, and she purchased it at the clerk’s suggestion. With one dollar to spend on a Lottery ticket, she simply said to the clerk, “Give me anything.”  The clerk handed her a Mega Millions ticket and she tucked it in her purse, never expecting “anything” to be 46.5 million dollars. Read more about the Bolke family's experience here.

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