Hoosier Lottery to award $1 million at Monday night’s Colts game; which finalist will win?
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 17, 2015) – The Hoosier Lottery is giving away a million dollars at Monday night’s Colts game against the New York Jets.
The drawing will be conducted at halftime on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium. The five finalists in the running each has a one-in-five shot at the $1 million prize.
Each finalist has already received $500, a pair of tickets to Monday night’s Colts game and accommodations in a downtown Indianapolis hotel.
The five potential millionaires became finalists by entering their non-winning Lucky Millionaire scratch-off tickets into the MyLottery Second-Chance promotion at hoosierlottery.com. Their entries were drawn July 29.
The finalists are LaDonna Patton of New Haven, Craig Lochard of Noblesville, Jerry Vela of Elkhart, Jim Lindsay of Fort Wayne and Mike Bodnar of Crown Point. The September 21 Lucky Millionaire drawing is the culmination of a second-chance promotion that began in 2012.
LaDonna Patton of New Haven is a huge fan of the Indianapolis Colts. While the long-time, loyal fan never misses a game on TV, she will be attending her first Colts game in person Sept. 21 as one of five finalists in the Hoosier Lottery’s mylottery Lucky Millionaire halftime giveaway. If she wins the $1 million prize, Patton plans to buy a house, but she says, “I’m super excited for the game. I’ll be in the stadium! That’s enough for me. Winning the money will be extra!” Patton is retired and has one grown daughter. Her guest for the game is her friend Mary Helen Nielson.
The excitement is building for Noblesville-native and truck driver Craig Lochard, who dreams of owning his own business and
hopes to kick start that dream, establish a college fund for his 15-year-old son and take a vacation if he is the 2015 Lucky Millionaire. He says just knowing he has a one-in-five chance of winning “is the best feeling in the world.” Lochard enjoys spending time with his family, and his guest at the game is his girlfriend, Brittney Hubbard.
Jerry Vela of Elkhart says, “being on the field at a Colts game is a once in a lifetime experience. The day of the drawing will be an intense day!” If he wins the cash, Jerry plans to help some close family members and treat himself to a classic car. Vela works in a warehouse and hopes to one day play in the World Series of Poker. His friend Mike Vergonet is his guest for the Colts game.
If he wins the million dollars at the upcoming Hoosier Lottery mylottery Lucky Millionaire drawing, Jim Lindsay of Fort Wayne says he will donate to charity and check a big item off his bucket list, a trip to South Africa. “It is a unique feeling and hopefully an opportunity to do a few things that I might never otherwise do,” said Lindsay. He works for the City of Fort Wayne, has three grown children and collects Indiana historical memorabilia. He says, “I’ve never been to an NFL game or Lucas Oil Stadium before, so this is an event to look forward to!” Lindsay’s guest at the game is his sister Mary Cotey.
Mike Bodnar wears a lot of hats. He is a husband, father, coach and U.S. postal worker from Crown Point, who hopes to add “Lucky Millionaire” to his list of roles. Bodnar hasn’t been able to sleep since finding out he is in the running for a $1 million prize. “It’s constantly on my mind,” he said. He enjoys golfing, bowling and coaching his three sons in baseball. If he wins, Bodnar plans to start college funds for them, pay off his mortgage and take a nice family vacation. “I hope if I win I won’t have to work so much overtime so I can spend more time with my family.” Bodnar’s guest for the game is his wife, Susan.