Kokomo Woman Fighting Cancer Wins $77,777 on Scratch-Off

Hoosier Lottery Executive Director Sarah Taylor, left, poses with winner Marilyn Dunlap of Kokomo.

Marilyn Dunlap sat in the Hoosier Lottery office with a broad, infectious smile. It was a good day to be alive. Not only did she just win $77,777 – it was another day she’d beaten cancer.

Marilyn and her husband both enjoy playing Hoosier Lottery games. Her husband bought a $5 7 Scratch-off on June 7. After scratching the ticket, he handed the $77,777 winner to his wife, and said it was all hers. Why? Because, she said, “he loves me.”

The couple wasn’t immediately sure what they won. They scanned the ticket with the free Hoosier Lottery app to confirm. Marilyn and her adult daughter drove to Indianapolis the next day to claim the prize.

Marilyn, of Kokomo, retired from a career of driving school buses – a memory that brings back that big smile of hers. She loved her job. She only left it to deal with her cancer treatment. Winning $77,777 on a Scratch-off will allow her to retire a bit more in earnest, she said, as she will be able to pay off her car and other lingering bills.

Marilyn is planning a trip out west with her grandson, who just graduated from IUPUI. They are heading to California. Now, thanks to the prize money, the trip is paid for in full.

The winning ticket was purchased at Wells Alto Express, 3949 S. Dixon Road, Kokomo. As of June 8, 2018, one top prize of $77,777 remains.

$5 7 Estimated Overall Odds are 1 in 3.82.

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