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Friday, January 2, 2004

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- None of the tickets sold for Wednesday night's Hoosier Lotto game matched all six numbers drawn, so the jackpot grows to an estimated $6 million for Saturday's drawing.

The winning Hoosier Lotto numbers were: 2, 8, 9, 32, 43, 45.

Meanwhile, two of the tickets sold in Pennsylvania and South Carolina for Wednesday night's Powerball game matched all six numbers drawn, which were: 5, 7, 18, 28, 35 and Powerball 1. Power Play: three.

Players matching all five numbers and the Powerball will share in the $221.5 million jackpot. The prize goes to an estimated $10 million for Saturday.

Tickets that match the first five numbers, but miss the Powerball, win $100,000 each, and there were 29 of those. They were sold in: Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

There were Power Play Match 5 winners in the states of: Louisiana.

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Hoosier Lottery: www.in.gov/hoosierlottery/yes.htm

Multi, State Lottery Association: www.powerball.com/powerball

By EVAN WADE

evnwade@yahoo.com

The year 2003 may be over, but the Hoosier Lottery is still raking in the cash.

Many consumers, buying late gifts or trying to hit it big with the Lotto's estimated $210 million dollar jackpot, rushed outlets around Brazil Wednesday to try and get a piece of the action.

Shelly Jukes, who works at Brazil's BP, said that the rush for lottery tickets of all types can leave her and her coworkers a bit frazzled at times.

"It can get rough when you're trying to take care of a line of customers and you have to punch ticket orders in," she said. "I sold $600 worth of scratch-off tickets alone in an eight-hour shift on Christmas Eve."

Jennifer Raymond, the BP's manager, said that the store sold "around $1,300" worth of tickets by the end of Christmas Eve, adding that those numbers are not at all uncommon this time of year.

"People come in wanting to buy scratch-off stocking stuffers," she said. "They'll come in and buy $60, $70 worth to put in people's stockings."

"I've had people come in and buy 75 to 100 tickets at a time," Jukes added.

Though ticket sales do boost the store's revenue, Jukes said that dealing with the lottery can be a bit of a hassle at times.

"Lotto's still a growing phenomenon," she said. "When it's high, it's terrible because of the rush -- it gets really, really busy.

"Sometimes I wish that little red machine would just blow up," she continued, referring to the machine that prints out Lotto and Powerball, and other "mark-off" tickets.

Raymond laughed, saying that sometimes Jukes will call her at the beginning of a shift and "say that she hates the box."

Kristy Nicoson, a BP customer, said that she picks up a ticket when jackpots are high, such as they were Wednesday. She purchased a Powerball ticket at around 9 a.m. Wednesday, though she doesn't do that very often.

"I just try to make it rich quick when the jackpots are big," she said. "I don't usually get scratch-offs."

All in all, Lotto sales were slow Wednesday morning, but Raymond said that the sales would pick up in the afternoon when people got off work.

Things were much the same way at the Shell Station on National Avenue, where attendant Judy Simmons said that the store sold lots of scratch-offs for the holidays.

"We have people coming in and buying big blocks of them," she said, "but I don't know if it's any different than the last season -- this is my first Christmas here."

Andrew Reed, Director of PR for the Hoosier Lottery, said that sales like this are not uncommon for the season across the state.

"There have been fairly sizable Powerball jackpots these last couple of years around this time," Reed said. "We've been getting retail sales booms, and we are expecting with this jackpot that stores will not only sell several more lottery tickets but other types of products, as well."

Reed also said that many years scratch-off ticket sales boomed because "people give those tickets as gifts."

Powerball drawings take place at 11 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday.



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