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Indiana man claims $10.5"million Hoosier Lottery jackpot

Indiana LotteryIndiana Lottery: Indiana man claims $10.5"million Hoosier Lottery jackpot

A LaPorte man who for three days kept secret that he held the winning ticket for a $10.5 million Hoosier Lottery jackpot claimed the prize on Tuesday.

Abe Wondergem Jr. saw on Thursday that his ticket had all six numbers from the drawing the night before. He waited until Sunday night before first telling his daughter-in-law about the winning ticket, even though many people in the city about 25 miles west of South Bend had been wondering who would claim the jackpot.

''People up in LaPorte were already talking about who the big winner could be. I even heard people describe who they thought won the ticket,'' Wondergem said. ''I heard people talking about it as they sat right next to me - I just kept quiet.''

Wondergem, 78, decided to accept the cash option of about $4.6 million for his winning ticket, lottery officials said.

He said he planned to invest most of the money and help his family, which includes a son and a grandson. He also might travel to Hawaii to visit friends and to Holland, from which his family emigrated almost a century ago.

AP

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Posted: July 27, 2005, 9:14 pm - IP Logged

Another senior citizen winner! Why do I bother!

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    Posted: July 27, 2005, 9:24 pm - IP Logged

    gutgnt,

    Are you from Chicago, Indiana?

     * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
       
                 Evil Looking       


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      Posted: July 28, 2005, 12:00 am - IP Logged

      Just plain luck.

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        Posted: July 28, 2005, 12:48 am - IP Logged

        The luck of some people.  Congrats to the winner and I wish it was me.

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          Posted: July 28, 2005, 1:07 am - IP Logged

          Just plain luck.

          I Agree!

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            Posted: July 28, 2005, 11:29 am - IP Logged

            It's ALWAYS about luck.  Learn to enjoy being the fish attracted to the lure - or find another hobby.

            Cheers

            |||::> *'`*:-.,_,.-:*''*:--->>> Chewie  <<<---.*''*:-.,_,.-:*''* <:::|||

            I only trust myself - and that's a questionable choice

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              Posted: July 29, 2005, 3:33 am - IP Logged

              gutgnt,

              Are you from Chicago, Indiana?

              lol,last time i checked chicago was in illinois.....Green laugh