Monterey man wins big bucks in small town
“I’m a happy old man,” said Merrill Jeffrey as he claimed his prize at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters Feb. 22. “I’ve never really won anything. It’s a shock, a pleasant shock.”
Merrill is the Hoosier Lottery’s latest Cash 5 winner - and he is one of just 218 residents in the tiny northern Indiana town of Monterey. The lucky retiree recently purchased a winning Cash 5 ticket worth $162,000 at the JK Deli at 8995 S. U.S. Hwy 35.
Merrill joins winners in Hoosier cities of Batesville, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Merrillville, Muncie, Monticello and South Bend in winning Cash 5 jackpots. He says he plans to use his winnings to buy a car, help his foster son and “improve my life situation just a bit.” What would you do if you won the Hoosier Lottery? Click here to find out what some of your fellow Hoosiers would do.