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Teacher wins big playing lottery

Five random numbers earned an Adams Central elementary school teacher $1 million from Powerball, but she didn’t even know it until a week after the numbers were announced.

Fifth-grade teacher Michelle Hutker recently claimed her prize money and had the winning ticket for several days before she checked the numbers, even as others in town wondered when the winner would step forward.

Hutker isn’t a regular player of the Hoosier Lottery but chose the right time and the right numbers for the March 19 Powerball drawing, although she missed the actual Powerball number.

“I’m excited that my kids will have a stable future because this is such a blessing for our family,” she said in a news release issued by the Hoosier Lottery.

That stable future is thanks to her choice of numbers, which although meaningless to her at the time she chose them, were in her head for a while.

She is one of four Indiana residents since January who scored a match-five win, with two of the players winning $1 million each and the others $2 million.

This is Hutker’s second year teaching fifth-graders, and she previously taught third grade. She is excited about the opportunities for her husband of 14 years and two children, ages 13 and 18.

“I have also dreamed of taking the kids on vacation to Hawaii where my husband and I got married,” she said in the news release.