91-year-old great grandmother wins lottery twice in three months
Lena Eaton, a 91-year-old great grandmother, is arguably the luckiest woman in Indiana.
In the past three months, the Indianapolis resident has purchased not one, but two winning lottery tickets.
In August, Eaton won a $300,000 prize with a Quick Draw ticket. On Thursday, she walked into the Hoosier Lottery headquarters with another winning ticket: a scratch-off worth $99,999.
In doing so, she defied incredible odds.
For her first win, she matched 10 of 20 Quick Draw numbers on a tic ...
Nov 3, 2012, 1:55 pm - Lottery News forum
GTECH picked to run Indiana Lottery
The Hoosier Lottery board voted Wednesday to hire a private company to oversee sales, marketing and other operations with the goal of earning the state about $2.1 billion in additional revenue through 2028.
The board chose Rhode Island-based GTECH which provides similar services to the Illinois lottery and provides some computerized game services in Kentucky at the recommendation of Hoosier Lottery officials, who conducted an expansive review of the two companies vying for the 15-year contrac ...
Oct 3, 2012, 8:19 pm - Lottery News forum
Hoosier Lottery director offers reassurances on outsourcing
Indiana won't turn its lottery over to a private company if bidders don't meet the state's high standards, the executive director of the Hoosier Lottery said Friday.
The state has been seeking bids on a 10-year contract to run the Hoosier Lottery. Executive Director Karl Browning released a statement Friday, a day after a spokeswoman for Camelot Global Services, which runs the national lottery in Great Britain, told The Indianapolis Star it dropped out because the state's process encourages b ...
Sep 8, 2012, 8:49 am - Lottery News forum
Indiana lottery to outsource some operations
The Indiana State Lottery Commission is asking companies to bid on taking over some of its operations.
The commission Tuesday issued a solicitation for companies to bid by Aug. 31 on taking over the sales, distribution and marketing of the lottery, a state agency whose income has shrunk in recent years. It expects to sign a 10-year contract by Nov. 1.
Lottery spokesman Al Larsen said the Lottery Commission will retain certain duties, including overall oversight of the lottery, rulemaking a ...
Jul 11, 2012, 10:24 am - Lottery News forum
Surprise! Winner of $34.5M Lotto jackpot is not estranged husband
A Shelbyville man hits a $34.5 million lottery jackpot but then takes pains to hide it from his estranged wife by claiming it covertly.
It was a made-for-TV story that turned out to be too good to be true.
The wife of the purported winner of the Hoosier Lotto's latest jackpot made clear in a local TV interview last week that she wanted her share. And it even took on a legal dimension this week, when a Shelby County court entered the fray, ordering the husband not to spend a dime.
But th ...
Mar 2, 2012, 6:40 pm - Lottery News forum
Woman wants part of estranged husband's lotto jackpot
Includes video report
The winner of a $34.5 million Hoosier Lotto jackpot wants to remain anonymous, but a woman who claims to be his estranged wife is demanding a piece of the prize.
The lottery winner, whose name was not released, came forward Friday morning and took a lump sum of $15.9 million, lottery officials said.
The winning ticket was sold in Shelbyville at the Smokers Host store at 903 S. Harrison St.
Ericka Prather, of Shelbyville, said she and lotto winner James Prather g ...
Feb 28, 2012, 10:26 am - Lottery News forum
Indiana man wins $5M on scratch-off
A Muncie, Indiana, man is the latest lucky Hoosier to win big money from the Hoosier Lottery.
Ricky Wilber grew up in Muncie just blocks from the Village Pantry at 603 W. Jackson Street in Muncie where he won $5 million on a Hoosier Lottery Scratch-off.
Great and unbelievable is the way Wilber described his win.
Wilber won on a $100 Million Cash Extravaganza Scratch-off ticket. The Delaware County man took several days to get his affairs in order, to hire a lawyer and a tax advisor, be ...
Feb 23, 2012, 8:20 pm - Lottery News forum
Indiana Gov. names interim Hoosier Lottery director
Megan Ornellas will serve as interim director of the Hoosier Lottery until a replacement can be found for Kathryn Densborn, who resigned following a flap over her lavish spending on a new headquarters.
(See Indiana Lottery chief resigns after lavish office revealed, Lottery Post, Oct. 14, 2011.)
Gov. Mitch Daniels' administration announced Ornellas' appointment Monday. Ornellas is the chief of staff for the Family and Social Services Administration, the state's largest agency. Ornellas wil ...
Oct 17, 2011, 8:54 pm - Lottery News forum
Indiana Lottery chief resigns after lavish office revealed
Hoosier Lottery Director Kathryn Densborn stepped down Friday after coming under fire for moving the lottery to a posh new headquarters in Indianapolis.
Gov. Mitch Daniels said in a statement he accepted her resignation, which was effective Friday.
Densborn came under fire last week following reports of lavish spending on the move from Pan Am Plaza to a 35,000-square-foot office on Meridian Street.
(See Hoosier Lottery admits new office too lavish, Lottery Post, Oct. 6, 2011.)
Oct 14, 2011, 6:12 pm - Lottery News forum
Hoosier Lottery admits new office too lavish
Includes video report
Less than a week after an Indiana TV station broke the story that the Hoosier Lottery overpaid for new offices, lottery officials are making some changes. In a news conference Wednesday lottery officials admitted mistakes were made.
The Hoosier Lottery admits it did not follow state rules when it moved into a new multi-million dollar headquarters on Meridian Street.
The WTHR segment called 13 Investigates first exposed the lottery's fancy new offices and that inves ...
Oct 6, 2011, 6:56 am - Lottery News forum