October 16, 2013 | 09:18 AM
The $3.5 million Hoosier Lotto jackpot from Oct. 5 was claimed at Hoosier Lottery headquarters in Indianapolis last week. The winner was Guston, Ky., resident Marshall Morgan.
It was Morgan's wife, Deloris, who bought the ticket and discovered the win Saturday night after the drawing.
"I checked off all five numbers and thought, 'Oh, my gosh, we won!' " Deloris Morgan said.
She immediately woke her husband with the great news.
"I said, 'Hey! Hey! We are millionaires!' but he just started snoring," she said.
Marshall Morgan, a farmer, is not the type to get too worked up about much. In his 65 years, he has had quite a life. He served in Vietnam and was shot while serving as a military policeman at Fort Hood shortly after returning to the states. He lives in the house where he was born, and his five children, 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren all live and/or farm nearby. The Morgans care for 200 head of beef cattle and 850 acres of grain by themselves.
For years, Marshall Morgan built houses in his "spare time" and even built four of his children's homes. Falling off a second-story roof and quadruple bypass surgery only kept him out of the field three weeks.
Winning a Hoosier Lotto jackpot isn't going to keep Marshall Morgan out of the field either: He planned to go straight from the Hoosier Lottery office to the field.
"This takes all the stress off," Marshall said. "Last year's crops didn't do so well. When you farm, you always have debts. You get out of bed to get out of debt."
Deloris Morgan purchased the winning ticket at Highway 135 BP south of Corydon. The station receives a 1-percent bonus, up to a $20,000 cap, for selling the ticket.
The Morgans elected to take the cash option and received $1.1 million before taxes.