INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A Summitville couple is nearly $1 million richer after winning the Hoosier Lotto jackpot prize.
Pamela and Jay Smith won $2.5 million in the May 9 drawing. Hoosier Lottery officials made the announcement at a news conference in Muncie on Tuesday.
"I hope it doesn't change a thing," Pamela Smith said in a news release. "I have a very nice life. I have everything I need."
The Smiths decided to take their at the couple's home late Tuesday.
The couple have no immediate plwinnings as a lump-sum payment, which amounted to $980,296 before taxes.
Pamela match all six numbers to win the prize. She bought her winning ticket at McClure Oil, 3700 N. Broadway, Muncie. The business will receive $25,000 for selling the ticket.
"She told me that she won because of E85," Jay Smith said.
"I was looking for ethanol gas," Pamela said, according to the release. "I actually went inside the gas station to thank the manager for carrying ethanol because it's so hard to find. It was an impulse buy for me to purchase one dollar of Lotto and one dollar of Powerball."
Jay Smith declined comment when reached ans to spend their winnings. Pamela, a speech pathologist with the Mississinewa Community School Corp. in Grant County, expects to return to work today, according to the release.
Lottery officials say it's the third time in less than a month someone has won the Hoosier Lotto jackpot.
Also Tuesday, Robert Doane of LaPorte claimed a $1 million Powerball prize that he won after purchasing the Power Play option for the May 16 drawing.