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Ticket bought at local gas station
Big lottery win for Napoleon man

A Ripley County resident scored big with a Hoosier Lottery ticket. Dennis Reed of Napoleon was running errands on a Sunday afternoon that included getting gas and buying a Hoosier Lottery Cash Frenzy Value Book. He enjoyed it more when he realized the ticket was worth $250,000! Reed said that while he filled his wife’s gas tank, he decided to purchase the $20 ticket at the Marathon station at 9009 N. US 421 in Napoleon. He never expected a Sunday drive through his tiny town, with less than 250 residents, would result in winning one of the game’s four top prizes. The Cash Frenzy Value consists of six different scratch off games that must be redeemed together.

“I was overwhelmed and I had to tell myself not to have a heart attack. I probably only got about four hours of sleep on Sunday, “ said Reed when claiming the prize March 23 at the Hoosier Lottery headquarters. Reed has been married for 32 years and has two adult daughters. He said the win comes at a great time since he will retire from his security job in about 10 years. In addition to paying off his mortgage, Reed will use the remainder of the windfall for retirement.

Hoosier lottery distributions benefit every county throughout Indiana. The lottery contributes $30 million to local police and firefighters’ pensions and $30 million to the Teacher’s Retirement Fund. In fiscal year 2013 the Hoosier Lottery contributed $164.5 million to the Build Indiana Fund.

UPDATED January 15, 2015 at 8:45 a.m.

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