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Lottery Ticket Sold in Santa Claus Brings $2.2 Million Present for Winner

A winner has came forward to claim a $2.2 million Hoosier Lottery jackpot.

Posted: Dec 23, 2020 6:24 PM
Updated: Dec 23, 2020 7:07 PM

A holiday gift came early in Santa Claus, IN as a winner claimed the $2.2 million Hoosier Lotto® jackpot.

The winning ticket was sold on Saturday, November 21, at Circle S Food Mart #36 located on Highway 162 in Santa Claus and was claimed under the name Lil Bit R Way, LLC in mid-December at the Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in downtown Indianapolis. The winner, a loyal player of Hoosier Lottery for 30 years, is focused on using the winnings to help their family and the community.

“Everyone has really been happy and excited for us!” shared the winner. “This will be a super blessing. We will be able to do some things that we probably never would have been able to otherwise. We plan to help our children and their families, as well as donate to some charities that are special to us. It will definitely help us with our retirement plans.”

The jackpot winner changed what was a usual routine the day the ticket was purchased. After hearing another winning ticket was sold at the Circle S Food Mart, the winner decided to purchase a ticket there. As a dedicated Hoosier Lotto player, the winner plays the same numbers each week, honoring their immediate family members’ birthdays.

The winner walked into the store, picked their numbers, purchased their ticket, and walked back to their car to wait for the drawing. “After the numbers were drawn, lo and behold, the numbers hit! We were shocked! The moment we got back home we called the Hoosier Lottery to verify we were checking the correct numbers—we were. Then we immediately downloaded the Hoosier Lottery mobile app to check the ticket one more time. Same result—the ticket was THE winner!” As soon as it sank in, the winner and their family started to celebrate.

The winner said they appreciate playing Hoosier Lotto because they feel like they are helping Indiana teachers with the Hoosier Lottery’s commitment to teacher’s retirement funds. Over the past 30 years, the Hoosier Lottery has contributed more than $6 billion to good causes, including $30 million to local police and firefighters’ pensions and $30 million to the Teachers’ Retirement Fund annually.

The Hoosier Lotto jackpot has been won five times in 2020. The most recent win was in October, when Avilla, Ind., resident Jeffry Myers claimed the $4.9 million Hoosier Lotto jackpot.

Hoosier Lotto jackpot odds are 1 in 9,366,819. Overall odds are 1 in 6.

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