Verbatim from the Hoosier Lottery.
Two of the five finalists in an upcoming Hoosier Lottery Lucky Millionaire drawing hail from the town of Warsaw. Michael Richardson and Lorrie Warner both have one-in-five shots at a $1 million prize in the Lottery’s upcoming Lucky Millionaire drawing.
The drawing will be conducted live Friday at the Indianapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival. One of the five finalists will walk away with the million dollar prize.
“It would be a dream come true, to be able to have that much money and know that my future would be taken care of,” said Warner, a mother of two grown daughters and grandmother of two.
Richardson is a truck driver of 23 years. While both Richardson and Warner are each hoping to hear their name drawn, both are excited to have gotten this far, to be finalists.
“It is great to get what is probably a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Richardson. “It is great to have a one-in-five chance, and if I don’t win, at least I had a chance.”
Warner’s take on the opportunity echoed Richardson’s.
“My friends are wishing me the best of luck and I would say one-in-five are real good odds,” said Warner. “I’m extremely excited, nervous and very lucky to have the opportunity to be in the drawing. Even if I don’t win, it’s still very exciting to know that I’m a part of something this big.”
To become finalists, Richardson and Warner entered non-winning Lucky Millionaire scratch-off tickets into the Hoosier Lottery Lucky Millionaire mylottery second-chance drawing at hoosierlottery.com. They were both selected to win $500 and a one-in-five shot at $1 million. The other three finalists are Shane Dorsett of Bedford, Chris Ziegler of Valparaiso and Bonita Henson-Turner of Crete, Ill.
This is the second million-dollar drawing associated with the Hoosier Lottery’s mylottery Lucky Millionaire second chance promotion. Greg Langel of South Bend won the first $1 million drawing in September 2012. Players may continue to enter their non-winning tickets for a chance to be a part of the third and final Lucky Millionaire drawing. A date for that drawing has not been announced.
The mission of the Hoosier Lottery is to maximize net income for the state in a socially-responsible manner. In fiscal year 2012, the Hoosier Lottery generated $211 million in surplus revenue which was used to significantly reduce the motor vehicle excise tax for all Hoosier drivers and also supported the pension funds for retired Indiana teachers, police and firefighters. Player prizes for the fiscal year totaled $533 million and $60 million was earned by Indiana retailers on the sale of Hoosier Lottery products.
Since its inception in 1989, the Hoosier Lottery has produced more than $4.2 billion for the citizens of Indiana, $1 billion in commissions and bonuses for participating Indiana retailers, and has paid out more than $8.9 billion in player prizes.