May 04, 2011
Vanessa Dunkley, who has been unemployed since August, eased any financial concerns she and her husband, Bryan, may have had when she won $48,000 in Indiana Live! Casino's "$180,000 Great Mortgage Giveaway."
"We've been pretty lucky here," Vanessa Dunkley said. "We've been to a few casinos and this is the best one as far as winning. It's awesome."
Dunkley's luck continued at Indiana Live! Casino when she won $48,000, or $4,000 per month for one year. She won the second-largest prize offered in the "$180,000 Great Mortgage Giveaway". A lucky-but-shy winner took home the top-prize of $60,000, or $5,000 per month.
"We knew one of the two of us was going to win. For some reason, we just had a feeling," Vanessa Dunkley said. "We are very, very blessed. It feels wonderful."
Three additional cash prizes were won by patrons who now have more financial resources to help overcome economic uncertainties created by a shaky economy. Those prize amounts were $36,000, or $3,000 per month for one year; $24,000, or $2,000 per month for one year; and $12,000, or $1,000 per month for one year.
Vanessa Dunkley and Donetta Wilburn, who won the $36,000 prize and will receive $3,000 per month for one year, were both overcome with emotion when they stood on the Center Bar stage to accept their checks.
"It feels great. I'm not quite a millionaire, but close to it," said Wilburn. "I can use it—especially with the high price of gas. I can really use it."
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