Lotto winner to buy truck, pay for sons’ college with $1 million winnings

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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.