Hoosier Lottery officials say they will close the lottery's Muncie regional office on September 28th and merge its operations with a regional office in Fort Wayne.
The regional offices supply lottery retailers with tickets, service lottery machines and pay out prizes from $600 to $10,000.
Officials say the Muncie and Fort Wayne offices paid only 70 prizes last year and many Muncie residents drove to lottery headquarters in Indianapolis to collect their money.
Lottery officials hope to save $280,000 a year in lease, utilities and equipment through the consolidation.
But one state representative criticized the decision to close the office, saying there was no public input on this decision.