winner stories

Erma Smith

Purchased City: Richmond
Date Won: 9/13/2011
Amount Won: $130,000
Tears of joy, gratitude accompany Scratch-off win

Erma Smith of Richmond hasn’t stopped crying since she scratched off a $130,000 prize on a Hoosier Lottery ticket Monday afternoon. The lucky Richmond-resident was overwhelmed to find out she was a top prize winner on a Triple the Money Scratch-off. “She’s been ecstatic and teary-eyed since yesterday,” said Crystal, Smith’s daughter who accompanied Smith to Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis Tuesday to claim her winnings.  Smith cried fresh tears of gratitude as she showed her winnings to her family and then again as she posed with an oversized check. She and her husband will celebrate their 36th anniversary next month. “This is a great anniversary gift. My husband always says ‘we are blessed and highly favored,’” said Smith. “We really are.”  Read more of Erma's story here.


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