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On Wednesday, March 24, Matthew Hinkle, Washington, claimed a $50,000 top prize on the $30 Extreme Cash Scratch-off.

Matthew Hinkle decided to stop at his local Casey’s General Store before he went into work. “Part of my routine is to buy Scratch-offs before work. I had no Idea what was about to happen,” Hinkle said.

Hinkle typically budgets about $45-50 a week and found himself with a little extra money in his pocket so he bought a $30 Extreme Cash and a few other Scratch-offs.

“After I bought the Scratch-offs, I needed to stop at my buddy’s house so I figured I would play the Scratch-offs there,” said Hinkle. Upon his arrival, he and his friend started talking and he began to play.

“I couldn’t believe my eyes,” Hinkle said, “I showed the Scratch-off to my buddy and had him check it to make sure. It sure looked like I won $50,000.”

Once he confirmed that he had won the $50,000 top prize, Hinkle started to celebrate.

“The first thing I did was call my boss to tell him that I wouldn’t be able to make it into work.” Hinkle said. “I excitedly told my mom, my sister, and a few co-workers!”

He rushed to the Hoosier Lottery Headquarters as soon as he could to claim the prize money. When asked about his plans, Hinkle indicated he is really excited to pay off some bills and buy gifts for his children.

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