A Noblesville, Indiana, couple turned their $1 lottery ticket into a multimillion-dollar jackpot.
Larry and Connie Miller claimed their $27.5 million Hoosier Lotto jackpot today — the seventh highest for the game — at Hoosier Lottery headquarters in Indianapolis.
Hoosier Lottery Executive Director Sarah Taylor presented the couple with their winnings, and they accepted the oversized check with their attorney and accountant at their side.
Despite their new wealth, the Millers say they have no intention of changing who they are.
"This most recent blessing is incredibly humbling, surprising and exciting. Naturally, the shock and thrill of winning the lottery was an incredibly exciting feeling and certainly a little bit overwhelming," Larry and Connie Miller said in a written statement. "Our lives have always been abundantly blessed before this and that is something we will never forget. We will not fundamentally change who we are or how we lead our lives.
"This event merely provides us with more opportunities to continue with those obligations and commitments that have always been part of our life journey together."
The winning ticket, with the numbers 9, 16, 34, 37, 45, and 46, was drawn on May 10. It was bought at a Marsh Supermarket at 208 Southway Blvd. E. in Kokomo.
Officials said the winners had the choice of taking payment of $27.5 million as a 30-year annuity where they would have received about $916,000 annually before taxes or as a lump sum of $11.1 million before taxes.
The winners opted to take the cash option.
"We plan to work closely with our trusted financial and legal advisers to ensure that we are good stewards of this wonderful gift. Going forward, we simply look forward to spending our golden years together enjoying the life we have been given," the Millers said.
John Hendricks, an attorney for the Millers, said no additional statements about the prize or the couple's plans for the money are being made at this time.
The couple's prize represents a jackpot that had been steadily growing since October 2013 when retired Bloomington police officer Richard McMurry of Bloomington won a $3.5 million jackpot.
Since the game started in 1994, more than 100 players have claimed Hoosier Lotto jackpots. The biggest Hoosier Lotto jackpot ever was a $54.5 million prize that was claimed in November 2007 by retired East Chicago steelworker Peter Gilbert.
Hoosier Lotto drawings are Wednesday and Saturday nights. Tickets cost $1 per play.
Saturday's jackpot is $1 million.