Siblings share Mega Millions jackpotFriday February 18th 2011
A group of five siblings have become the first Hoosier Lottery players to win the Mega Millions jackpot since was launched in the state of Indiana. The Bolke family was handed a cheque for $29million yesterday after deciding to take the lump sum cash option. They split half of the $93million top prize from the February 1 draw with a syndicate of postal workers from Michigan who held the other winning ticket.
The five brothers and sisters always play the lottery together and have always asked their mother to buy lottery tickets, believing her to have the best luck. And they were certainly proved right when the family matched five numbers and the mega ball at the start of the month.
Jimmy McClellan, speaking on behalf of the family, said: "We are a very down to earth, close-knit Catholic family.
"Everyone's plans are fairly low-key. The ages of my aunts and uncles range from 50 to 64 so they are more focussed on being able to retire the way they planned on retiring."