Sweets craving prompts $120k lotto win

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An Indianapolis man’s craving for sweets prompted a big Hoosier Lottery win last week.

Russell Mulholland was on his way home fromAndersonon Wednesday when he picked up a cup of coffee at a gas station. As he reached Noblesville, he began craving something sweet to accompany the hot beverage.  After almost talking himself out of giving in to his sweet tooth, Mulholland stopped at the Meijer store at17000 Mercantile Blvd., Noblesville, picked up a packet of little pound cakes and two Hoosier Lottery Scratch-offs.

It was the best purchase he’s made in a long time, because one of those scratch-offs – $5 Double Platinum 20X – was a $120,000 winning ticket.

When he scratched it off at home that evening, he said “I don’t believe it!” to his wife, Nancy, who thought he was talking about the Colts game. But once it settled in that he won one of the game’s top prizes, he didn’t let it go to his head.

“I don’t want it to change me. I volunteer every day of the week at the Hamilton County Humane Society to walk dogs,” said Mulholland.

Mulholland claimed his prize at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis on Aug.31. While he doesn’t have any major plans at the moment, Mulholland, a retired Navy man and Vietnamveteran, spent a lot of his military time in the Caribbean and has plans to go back to Puerto Rico for a vacation this winter. He also plans to help his daughter as she gets her master’s degree in Florida. He plans to meet with a financial planner to help figure out what to do with the rest.

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