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June 17, 2014

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS — For June 17

— Lottery game coming to New Albany

The adage of “everything old is new again,” certainly has some weight of truth to it. In my experience, I believe those things we hold dear from the past, resurface in new and better forms in the future.

The Hoosier Lottery’s Hoosier Millionaire game show is one of those instances, and it’s returned to local communities.

When the first Hoosier Millionaire scratch-off ticket was sold in 1989, it hit an amazing record — particularly for a state just entering the lottery business. Within just 24 hours of the Hoosier Millionaire scratch-off game’s debut, it sold more than 8 million tickets. Two weeks later, a Hoosier fan-favorite was born: “The Hoosier Millionaire” game show.

And 191 millionaires were made.

In our market research, one finding clearly stands out still today. Hoosiers love game shows. Now as we celebrate our 25th anniversary, Hoosier Lottery fans can have the best of both worlds, the return of their favorite scratch-off game, and the return of some classic Indiana entertainment.

Since March, the Hoosier Lottery has promoted six live game shows across the state, each featuring six lucky Hoosier Millionaire players who will compete for a chance to vie for $1 million. We’ll be hosting a live show in New Albany on June 19.

Hoosier Lottery scratch-off players can submit a nonwinning Hoosier Millionaire ticket via the Hoosier Lottery website for a chance to be selected as one of five contestants on the show. In addition, we’ll be selecting one lucky audience member as a contestant during the show from nonwinning Hoosier Millionaire tickets submitted on-site. Winners from each of the six shows will go on to compete in a live show Aug. 16 during the Indiana State Fair for the chance to become the next Hoosier Millionaire.

And here is an additional winning piece of news. When Hoosiers buy any Hoosier Lottery ticket, 94 cents of every dollar stays within Indiana. In fact, almost $1 million collectively went to teachers’ retirement funds and firefighters’ and police pension funds in Floyd County alone in 2012. Plus, Hoosier Lottery contributions help to reduce vehicle excise tax by 50 percent. In essence, when it comes to the Hoosier Lottery as a Hoosier institution, everybody wins.

So whether you play the lottery or not, we hope New Albany residents will join us on June 19 to watch the revival of this Hoosier classic entertainment, and in celebrating the 25th anniversary of a Hoosier institution.

One lucky audience member will be selected on-site to play Hoosier Millionaire and compete for cash on stage.

To have a shot at being the on-site contestant, players just need to submit non-winning Hoosier Millionaire tickets at the event, to be held at the Riverfront Amphitheater. Entry to the show is free and doors will open at 5 p.m. Tickets must be submitted by 6:15 p.m. and the sixth contestant will be selected at about 6:30 p.m. The show will begin at about 7.

— Sarah Taylor, Executive Director, Hoosier Lottery, Indianapolis

 

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