INDIANAPOLIS (WFFT) – The Hoosier Lottery announced that one Indiana winner claimed, as the trust named MuchLove2You – Dad, the $5.2 million Hoosier Lotto jackpot from the Oct. 16, 2019 drawing.
Hoosier Lottery Executive Director Sarah Taylor presented the winner with their prize at Hoosier Lottery headquarters in Indianapolis Tuesday.
The winner is described as a born and raised Fort Wayne resident, United States Air Force veteran and International Harvester retiree, celebrated their birthday the day after the drawing not even knowing that they had already won.
Taylor said the winner, as they typically do, waited to check their tickets a couple of weeks after the drawing.
As the winner was checking their numbers, they matched the first number and on through the fifth number.
The winner was too afraid to look and asked a family member to check it.
Upon reviewing the numbers, the family member said, "It looks like you have all six!”
Officials say the two visited the Hoosier Lottery website to find out where the winning ticket was sold.
They discovered that the winning ticket was purchased at the same Meijer store, located at 5909 Illinois Road in Fort Wayne, that the winner had purchased their ticket.
Taylor said only one ticket matched all six numbers from the Oct. 16, 2019 drawing, and the winner had that ticket worth $5.2 million.
The winner took some time before coming to Hoosier Lottery Headquarters on Jan. 10, before claiming the jackpot prize.
They had the choice to take payment of the $5.2 million as a 30-year annuity or a one-time lump sum payment.
The winner chose to go the lump-sum cash option of $2.3 million before taxes.
They have decided to create a family trust so that the winnings could benefit their loved ones.