INDIANAPOLIS - The Cash 5 jackpot hit in Michigan City last week has been claimed. A Porter County father-of-three came forward Friday afternoon to claim the $148,700 prize from the April 24 drawing.
The lucky winner is Daymond Quick of Chesterton. Quick is an electrician in a steel mill; his wife Mary Beth is a nurse.
The couple knows exactly what they will do with the unexpected financial boost.
"Our daughter wants to go to Columbia (College) to study journalism - and she got accepted - but after we found out how much it cost, we had to tell her Columbia wasn't going to happen," said Daymond Quick. "Now she can go."
The 18-year-old will be heading to Chicago to study journalism at Columbia in the fall. Her parents couldn't be happier.
"It's a relief," said Mary Beth Quick. "She had tears in her eyes and gave her dad a big hug when he told her."
In addition to their Columbia-bound senior, the Quicks also have a 16-year-old son and a 12-year-old daughter. The whole family planned to do a little celebratory shopping over the weekend.
Daymond Quick purchased his winning Cash 5 ticket at Speedway at 5830 Franklin in Michigan City. The final prize amount ended up being $148,700 after all sales were calculated.
Quick's win is the 16th Cash 5 jackpot hit since the game launched Nov. 4, 2012. The nightly game averages more than 4,000 winners every night and costs just $1 per play. The overall odds of winning are 1 in 8.8. The jackpot starts at $50,000 and rolls, or increases, every night until it is hit.
Players may purchase Cash 5 tickets anywhere Hoosier Lottery draw games are sold and may be purchased simply by asking a retail clerk for "Cash 5."
The mission of the Hoosier Lottery is to maximize net income for the state in a socially-responsible manner. In fiscal year 2012, the Hoosier Lottery generated $211 million in surplus revenue which was used to significantly reduce the motor vehicle excise tax for all Hoosier drivers and also supported the pension funds for retired Indiana teachers, police and firefighters. Player prizes for the fiscal year totaled $533 million and $60 million was earned by Indiana retailers on the sale of Hoosier Lottery products.
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.
The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly. Must be 18 or older to play. Gambling Addiction Referral Line: 800-994-8448.