On July 22, Hamilton did something very few people get to do - he claimed his second $1 million Hoosier Lottery prize. Hamilton won both $1 million prizes in a span of less than three months, and he won on the same game, the Hoosier Lottery's $120 Million Cash Spectacular Scratch-off.
The odds of winning a $1 million top prize on the game are one in more than two million (1: 2,100,000). When the $10 game launched in August 2013, there were eight top prizes available. Presently, three of those have been claimed.
The Indianapolis native claimed his first $1 million prize on April 28. Hamilton was on his way to a conference when he stopped at Casey's at 715 W. Main St. in Jasonville and purchased his first $1 million winning ticket.
"It's the icing on the cake," Hamilton said, as he claimed his second million.
The Marion County man used his initial winnings to pay off all his financial obligations, purchase a home (he and his wife Donna haven't even moved in yet!), take a beach vacation, buy a truck for his father and invest in his business.
The double-lucky south side resident plans to use his latest winnings to buy a motorcycle.
"After he won the first time I told him he could buy a motorcyle if he hit it again," said Hamilton's wife, Donna.
Even with two major windfalls, the lucky player has no plans to slow down on the work front. On the contrary, Hamilton is grateful for the opportunity to purchase new equipment to further grow his business.
In its 25-year history, the Hoosier Lottery has created more than 600 millionaires. Barely a handful of those winners are lucky enough to win that kind of money twice, so Hamilton and his wife Donna are members of a very elite group.
But "elite" is not how this down-to-earth couple describe themselves. They both stressed their winnings will not change their lives too much or go to their heads.
"We're just everyday, normal people," said Donna Hamilton.
The $120 Million Cash Spectacular Scratch-off is available at most of the Hoosier Lottery's 4,400 retailers around the state. Five of the game's $1 million top prizes remain unclaimed at this time.
Hoosier Lottery distributions benefit every county throughout Indiana. Each fiscal year, the Hoosier Lottery contributes $30 million to local police and firefighters' pensions, and $30 million to the Teacher's Retirement Fund. In fiscal year 2012, $147.6 million in Hoosier Lottery earnings helped reduce the motor vehicle excise tax by 50 percent.