winner stories

Herbert Earl

Purchased City: Highland
Date Won: 9/12/2012
Amount Won: $99,999
Hunch about number "9" on 9/9 pays off for Hammond man

Hammond's Herb Earl doesn't play Hoosier Lottery scratch-off tickets on a regular basis. When he decided to buy a few on Sunday at Ultra Foods at 8401 Indianapolis Boulevard in Hammond, he wasn't sure which one to get - until he remembered Sunday's date. Sept. 9 - or 9/9. "Then I saw the Scorchin' Hot 9s ticket," said Earl, "on 9/9. I figured that had to be the way to go, right? That had to be it." Earl bought four Scorchin' Hot 9s tickets, scratched them in his car in the parking lot and knew immediately - or almost immediately -- that one of them was a top-prize winner of $99,999. "I didn't really believe it at first, so I had my girlfriend look at it, too," said Earl. "She said it was a winner, too, so I knew what we had." Read more of Herb's story here.


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