June 5, 2013 – Linda and Joe Mentillo, a Dugger, Ind., couple, were excited to have won $2,500 on the Hoosier Lottery scratch-off $2,500 A Week Cash For Life, but were shocked to learn that they had actually gotten the first of the game’s grand prize tickets.
Linda Mentillo told the Hoosier Lottery that they “never had a whole lot growing up. Neither one of us came from anything. We’ve done alright considering where we started, but this is unbelievable.”
The now retired couple said they don’t have any wild plans for the $1.5 million lump sum they collected, their first order of business is just to pay off their mortgage.
Joe worked for 37 years in information technology at Indiana State University, and Linda spent 34 years working at a bank.
Joe is even hesitant to quit his part time job as a junior high janitor. “I might quit, but not just yet. We’ve got to reseal the gym floor,” he said.
The Hoosier Lottery described Joe, who is 68, as “an avid bicyclist and all-around fitness enthusiast,” in a press release yesterday.
He said that his only plans for the money, after the mortgage is paid, are to “get my lawnmower fixed, and I might buy a bike.”
He added that all his bike needs is new gears, but as he plans to ride the Hoosier Hilly Hundred this year, he might spring for a new one.
Friends and family joined the couple at Pimento Sunoco, where they purchased the winning ticket, to watch them awarded with their check for $1.5 million.
While the game’s name, $2,500 A Week Cash for Life, suggests the annuity, the couple decided they’d be better off taking the lump sum.
As Joe said, “At my age, I probably shouldn’t buy any green bananas.”