Members of the Hoosier Lottery gave Belmont Beverage a check for $100,000 Wednesday afternoon.
The check was a bonus for selling a $19 million winning Hoosier Lottery Ticket on Sept. 7. The ticket was actually a free ticket, won by Linda Spindler of Huntertown when she cashed in her winning tickets at the1103 W. State Blvd. store. She took the free ticket home and later discovered it was worth $19 million. Spindler and her co-worker Ken Townsley, also of Huntertown, had been playing the lottery for over seven years before receiving the winning ticket. According to the Hoosier Lottery they had been purchasing 36 tickets a week at the Belmont Beverage Store at 1103 W. State Blvd. The winning number for the lucky ticket was 4-33-34-35-36-48.
The two will split a lump sum winning of $7.1 million (before taxes). Both plan to keep working at CMA Supply in Fort Wayne as well as playing the Hoosier Lottery. As for Belmont Beverage, the store will give the $100,000 bonus money back to its employees. Portions of the bonus will be divided in the company's profit sharing plan, companywide lottery celebrations and sales awards for the West State employees. This is the first winning ticket to be won in a Belmont Beverage store since the lottery began in 1990. Belmont Beverage is a chain of 34 stores located in four counties in northern Indiana. The company has been locally owned since 1933.
Wednesday afternoon Tom Druley, CEO of Belmont Beverage, said he thought getting the $100,000 bonus was great. The company has 300 employees, some of which work part time. The bonus money in the profit sharing will only be for full-time employees, Druley said.
The co-workers who had won the winning ticket were not on hand for the presentation, and Betsy Gutierrez, Hoosier Lottery public relations, said they want to keep a low profile.
The Hoosier Lottery has paid more than $1 billion in commissions and bonuses to Hoosier Retail Partners across the state. This was the third Hoosier jackpot winner for this year. Each year the Hoosier Lottery contributes $30 million to police and firefighters' pensions, and $30 million to the teacher's fund. The remainder of the earnings is applied to reduce excise taxes by 50 percent for Hoosier vehicle owners.