INDIANAPOLIS – An Indianapolis man turned $3 into $50,000 this week thanks to the Hoosier Lottery.
William Herring forked over $3 for a Wild Cherry Crossword Tripler Scratch-off at Ricker’s at 5061 East Washington Street in Indianapolis and hit big money. He claimed a $50,000 top prize on the game at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters Oct. 3.
“It’s kinda weird!” said Herring. “I was kinda shocked!”
Herring may have been shocked initially, but his disbelief turned to delight as his win began to sink in.
“I’m going to pay off my truck!” said Herring with an ear-to-ear grin.
Herring works at Papa Johns. He was born in Michigan but is a 24-year resident of Indianapolis. He is the 14th lucky player to claim a top prize on the Wild Cherry Crossword Tripler Scratch-off. One top prize remains unclaimed at this time.
The mission of the Hoosier Lottery is to return the maximum net income to the state in a socially-responsible manner. In fiscal year 2011, the Hoosier Lottery generated $188 million in net income which was used to significantly reduce the motor vehicle excise tax for all Hoosier drivers and also supported the pension funds for retired Indiana teachers, police and firefighters. Player prizes for the fiscal year totaled $495 million and $56 million was earned by Indiana retailers on the sale of Hoosier Lottery products.
Since its inception in 1989, the Hoosier Lottery has produced more than $4 billion in net income for the citizens of Indiana, nearly $1 billion in commissions and bonuses for participating Indiana retailers, and has paid out more than $8.7 billion in player prizes.
The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly.