Edinburgh man named the 25th Anniversary Hoosier Millionaire
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 24, 2014) – The 25th Anniversary Hoosier Millionaire has been named.
Ron Ritter of Edinburgh is the lucky winner. Ritter claimed his $1 million prize at Hoosier Lottery headquarters today accompanied by his wife of 25 years, Penny, and their 18-year-old daughter.
The Johnson county man holds the distinction of being the 192nd Hoosier Millionaire associated with the Hoosier Millionaire game show. Ritter found himself holding the iconic oversized check after his non-winning Hoosier Millionaire Scratch-off ticket was randomly selected in a special drawing conducted to award the top prize. The drawing was necessary because the $1 million prize was not won at this summer’s Championship Show.
Ritter works at Enkei in Edinburgh and says that won’t change. The father of one has no plans to quit his job. He does plan to make one major purchase.
“I’m going to buy a house. That’s first priority,” said Ritter. “We’ve been renting all our lives.”
The Hoosier Millionaire show returned this year as part of the Hoosier Lottery’s 25th anniversary celebration. Original hosts – Mark Patrick, Barbara Hobbs and Tony Lamont – hosted live game shows throughout the state starting in March, with the culmination in August at the Championship Show at the Indiana State Fair.
Top place winner Rick Rhodes of Kokomo emerged from the Championship Show with $250,000 in winnings. Because the $1 million top prize was not won, the special drawing was conducted from all the Hoosier Millionaire online entries to award the $1 million prize. Players entered non-winning Hoosier Millionaire tickets via mylottery.com for a chance to be a contestant on the live shows as well as a shot at the game’s $75,000 second-chance prize and $1 million, if not won during the Championship Show.
Players who entered will want to hang on to their tickets just a little longer. The final drawing, for $75,000, will take place on or about Oct. 28.
Between Scratch-off prizes, game show winnings and second-chance drawings, when all is said and done and the upcoming $75,000 prize is drawn, Hoosier Lottery players will have won nearly $12 million in prizes playing this year’s 25th Anniversary Hoosier Millionaire.