INDIANAPOLIS — It's been about 30 years since Pamela Williamson lost her mother, and during that time, she's been unable to purchase a headstone to mark her mother's grave.
But Williamson and her husband, John, plan to change that after claiming a $77,777 Hoosier Lottery prize last Friday.
It was last Thursday that the Williamsons treated themselves to a few scratch-off tickets as part of their Valentine's Day fun. After having lunch together, they picked up a few Hoosier Lottery games, scratched them off, and were shocked at what they saw on one of the $5 7s Series tickets they purchased.
"We couldn't believe our eyes," said John in a press release. "We had four other people look it over, and then we still took it back to the store and checked it on the self-scanner. When we did that, the ticket checker went berserk."
The Williamsons purchased their lucky ticket at Speedway, 2601 S. Lynhurst Drive.
And, even though their win has yet to fully sink in, Pamela was quick to declare her plans for the winnings.
"I'm going to get my mom a headstone," she said. "She's been gone for about 30 years and I'm very glad I can do that now."
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. Visit the website HoosierLottery.com for more information.