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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—The $3.5 million Hoosier Lotto jackpot from Oct. 5 was claimed at Hoosier Lottery headquarters in Indianapolis Tuesday. The lucky winner is Guston, Ky., resident Marshall Morgan.

It was Morgan’s wife Deloris who bought the ticket and discovered the win Saturday night after the drawing. While Deloris is thrilled to be able to remodel their house and take a trip to Hawaii, her husband is taking the win much more in stride.

“I checked off all five numbers and thought ‘Oh my gosh, we won!’” said Deloris Morgan who immediately woke up Marshall with the great news. “I said ‘Hey! Hey! We are millionaires!’ but he just started snoring.”

Morgan is not the type to get too worked up about much. In his 65 years Morgan has had quite a life. He served in Vietnam and was shot while serving as a military policeman at Fort Hood shortly after returning to the states. He lives in the house he was born in. His five children, 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren all live and/or farm nearby. He’s been a farmer all his life. He and his wife take care of 200 head of beef cattle and 850 acres of grain by themselves. For years Morgan built houses in his “spare time,” and even built four of his children’s homes.

Falling off a second-story roof and quadruple bypass surgery only kept him out of the field three weeks.

Winning a Hoosier Lotto jackpot isn’t going to keep him out of the field either. Morgan planned to go straight from the Hoosier Lottery office to the field. Morgan is a hard worker and is thrilled to add winning the Hoosier Lottery to his unique life story. For him, the best thing about it will be paying off debt.

“This takes all the stress off,” said Morgan. “Last year’s crops didn’t do so well. When you farm you always have debts. You get out of bed to get out of debt.”

Deloris Morgan purchased the winning ticket at Highway 135 BP at 5630 Highway 135 South West in Corydon, Ind. The couple elected to take the cash option and received $1.1 million before taxes.

The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly. Must be 18 or older to play. Gambling Addiction Referral Line: 800-994-8448.

INDIANAPOLIS — The Hoosier Lottery announced overnight Thursday a winning $1 million Powerball ticket was sold in Indianapolis.

However, no player nationally matched all six numbers. This means the top-prize grows to an estimated $475 million, or a cash value of $302.4 million!

Twenty-eight tickets matched the first five numbers, including one in Indianapolis.

Lottery officials said that ticket was purchased at Speedway, 936 W. County Line Road by Floyd and Jan Shirrell.

During this jackpot run, retailers sold three other $1 million tickets in Jeffersonville, New Albany and Fort Wayne.

Saturday’s nearly half-a-billion dollar jackpot is the second largest in the game’s history, and the third largest jackpot in North America.

Hoosiers can purchase a Powerball ticket at nearly 4,000 retailers statewide. The sales cut-off time is 9:58 p.m. ET Saturday night. A Powerball ticket costs just $2.

An Indianapolis man will receive $1,000 for the rest of his life after purchasing a winning Hoosier Lottery scratch-off ticket.

Carl Manning Sr. bought the $2 “Cash For Life” ticket at Nelson’s Marathon gas station, located at 1638 Shelby Street.

“I walked in the house and said, ‘We’re rich!’ said Manning.

Manning, who has worked at Aircom Manufacturing for the past 25 years, said he plans to continue working but is looking forward to the peace of mind the extra income will bring.

“I’m not worried anymore,” said Manning. “I love my wife and I know she’s taken care of for the rest of her life.”

Manning said he plans to share some of his winnings with his church, start renovating his 1896 home and go on a trip that every big Elvis fan dreams of—a visit to Graceland.

The new scratch-off lottery game went on sale statewide Thursday.  Players can purchase $1, $2, $5 or $10 tickets for a chance to win prizes that range from $500 to $5,000 a week for life.

By Ashley Fantz

(CNN) — He claimed he won the prize this week, and now it’s official: Pedro Quezada of New Jersey is the winner of Saturday’s $338 million Powerball jackpot, the New Jersey Lottery said Tuesday.

Quezada announced on Monday that he held the winning ticket, but the final word from lottery officials didn’t come until Tuesday.

“I felt pure joy, just happiness,” Quezada, a Dominican immigrant and deli employee, told reporters at a news conference Tuesday.

He said he was walking to work Monday and saw a crowd at a liquor store in Passaic, New Jersey. He’d bought his Powerball ticket there so he thought he should go in to see who won. He had his ticket with him, and showed it to the clerk, who checked it and told him he was the winner.

Laughing, he recalled leaving the store and going to “hide.” He said he was nervous Monday night. “I couldn’t close my eyes,” the father of five said in Spanish, relying on a translator throughout the news conference.

“I never thought I would win such a prize,” Quezada said.

The deli worker chose the up-front cash option, instead of an annuity, when he bought his ticket. The lump sum is $211 million — but after federal and state taxes, he will net about $151 million, New Jersey Executive Director Carole Hedinger has said.

One reporter asked if he planned to stay in New Jersey, while others inquired if he wanted to return to the Dominican Republic to celebrate with family and friends.

“I don’t know,” he said. “I have to think about it, my mind is not clear yet.”

When asked if he plans to keep working, he said no. And his son who works with him at the deli won’t continue to work either, Quezada said.

“Of course, my family’s a very humble family and we’re going to help each other out,” he said.

Quezada said he might buy a car with part of his winnings.

A reporter asked him what kind of car he has now.

“My feet,” he answered, laughing.

He said he wants to help people with his winnings.

“I don’t know exactly how, but I will help those in need,” he said.

Quezada’s ticket matched all six numbers drawn Saturday night: 17, 29, 31, 52, 53 and the Powerball, 31.

The largest jackpot in Powerball history was $587.5 million. The lottery is held in 42 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Washington.

CNN’s Stephanie Gallman contributed to this report.

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A Johnson County man is $150,000 richer after taking a trip to a local grocery store for chocolate milk.

“I couldn’t believe it,” said Phillip Littrell.  “My luck’s not like that.  This is an once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing.”

While visiting a Kroger located at 1700 Northwood Plaza in Franklin, Ind., Littrell also purchased a Winner Take All Scratch-off Lottery ticket, worth a whopping $150,000.

Littrell, who works for KYB Manufacturing, said he plans to use his winnings to pay some bills and make a very special purchase: a wheelchair-accessible van for his wife.

“It’s changing my life. I can’t pay my house off, but I’ll be able to pay everything else off, and I’ll be able to take her places now,” said Littrell.  “I’ve already called the dealership about it.”

Littrell is the first winner to claim a top prize in the scratch-off.

A New Palestine man says he won’t go back to work after winning big in a lottery scratch-off game.

“I’ve got a pension coming when I’m 60,” said Ronald Lucas, a 54-year-old union carpenter. “This money will be more than enough to get me to that point.  I’m done. This is retirement for me.”

Lucas purchased the $100 Million Cash Extravaganza ticket at a Village Pantry on Broad Ripple Avenue.  He says he picked up a couple of scratch-offs just for fun but ended up with a big surprise.

“I actually bought two $10 tickets right before that and won $20,” said Lucas. “So, I took that $20 right back into the store and used those winnings to buy this ticket. I took it back out to my Jeep, scratched it and went right back in. I said to the clerk, ‘Hey buddy, are you seeing what I’m seeing? Because if you are, I just won a million bucks.’”

Lucas, a father of two and grandfather of two, says he is still coming to grips with the reality and is grateful and filled with emotion.

“The first thing that went through my mind was my wife, Guila,” said Lucas. “I lost her to pneumonia about a year ago after 30 years together. I thanked her. I know she was looking out for me.”

Someone hit it big last night and may not even know it yet. The $9.5 million Hoosier Lotto jackpot winning ticket was sold by an Indianapolis retailer.

One lucky player purchased a ticket at Speedway at 8101 East 21st Street that matched all six numbers in the drawing. Those winning numbers were:  5-8-17- 21-23-33 .

This marks the first time the Hoosier Lotto jackpot has been hit in 2013. The game produced seven jackpot winners in 2012.

Hoosier Lottery officials remind players to check their numbers carefully and to sign the back of their tickets immediately. The person holding the winning ticket should contact Hoosier Lottery Customer Service at (800) 955-6886 for details on how to claim their prize.

Saturday’s Powerball drawing failed to produce a winner, prompting the jackpot to soar to an estimated $208 million.

The Powerball jackpot, each time for $50 million, was hit four consecutive weeks in December.  However, there has not been a winner since.

Thirty-eight Hoosiers have taken home the jackpot in Powerball history.  Thousands of Indiana players have also won more than $1 million in prizes on more than 150,000 winning tickets over the course of the last 10 consecutive draws.

Players have until 9:58 p.m. Wednesday to purchase the $2 tickets and potentially be Indiana’s 39th Powerball jackpot winner.

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So far this year, no one has been lucky enough to claim the Powerball jackpot, which now sits at an estimated $151 million.

Although a person’s chance of winning is slim to none, thousands of Hoosiers have won cash playing the Powerball.  Hoosier Lottery officials said Powerball players in Indiana have won more than $810,000 in prizes on more than 115,000 winnings tickets over the course of the last nine consecutive draws.

Indiana participants have until 9:58 p.m. Wednesday to purchase tickets in order to be eligible for the $151 million jackpot.

Tickets can be purchased for $2.

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A White County man plans to use his $1 million lottery winnings to buy a new truck and save for his sons’ college.

Dwayne Hampton of Monticello won the top prize in the Lucky Millionaire Scratch-off game. He claimed his prize Monday at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis. A rehab therapist at the Indiana Veterans Home, Hampton became the game’s sixth instant millionaire. He and his wife also plan to use the money to pay off their remaining financial obligations.

“It’s a big relief,” said Dwayne’s wife Joanne, who works as a medical assistant. “It makes you feel good to know your bills are paid.”

Hampton bought his ticket at Eastside Marathon on Main Street in Monticello. He said he planned to get a ticket for a different game before deciding to buy the Lucky Millionaire ticket at the urging of a clerk who told him to “go for it.”

Hampton indeed went for it to become the game’s sixth instant millionaire. The lottery said six $1 million instant prizes remain for the Lucky Millionaire Scratch-off.

Hampton is the second Monticello player to win big this month. Steven Bonnell won a $100,000 Scratch-off on Dec. 5.