MONTICELLO, Ind. (WLFI) - For the third time in one month, a Monticello resident has claimed a big Hoosier Lottery prize. This time, a retiree won $67,500, playing the new draw game Cash 5.
Stephen Fansler purchased a $1 Cash 5 ticket at RC's Corner Cupboard at 733 N. Main St. that matched all five numbers in the Dec. 13 drawing. Those lucky numbers were 4-15-21-25-27.
Fansler nabbed his winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters Dec. 19 in Indianapolis.
The lucky Hoosier grew up in Monticello. Although he's retired, Fansler works a couple hours a day at a horse farm to stay active.
Fansler says the win couldn't come at a better time: His truck just broke down and he's been borrowing a truck or getting rides from friends and family. He hopes to buy a new truck with his winnings.
Fansler is the third Monticello resident to win big this month. Dwayne Hampton of Monticello won $1 million on a Lucky Millionaire Scratch-off he purchased Dec. 17 at Eastside Marathon at 723 South Main Street. Dec. 5, Steven Bonnell of Monticello claimed a $100,000 prize on a scratch-off ticket he purchased in Marion.
Other players in the White County town have also reaped recent Hoosier Lottery rewards. In July of this year Dana Hufford of Monticello purchased a $100,000 winning Tag 6 ticket at Casey's General Store at 1506 North 6th Street. That is the same retailer where another Monticello resident, Richard Bowsher, purchased a $77,777 winning Scratch-off in March 2011. Kenneth McCall of White County purchased a $75,000 winning Scratch-off at Kroger at 916 North Main Street in September 2010.
Fansler's jackpot hit in White County is the fourth in the short history of Cash 5 , which launched Nov. 4. Merrillville, Fort Wayne and Muncie are home to the game's first three jackpot winners. With this Monticello win, Cash 5 players have won more than $407,000 in jackpot winnings so far.
Cash 5 offers the best cash odds of any Hoosier Lottery draw game and costs just $1 per play. The overall odds of winning are 1 in 8.8. Cash 5 numbers are drawn every night. The jackpot starts at $50,000 and rolls, or increases, every night until it is hit.
Players may purchase Cash 5 tickets anywhere Hoosier Lottery draw games are sold and may be purchased simply by asking a retail clerk for "Cash 5."
The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly.
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