People all across Indiana have felt the pain of a U.S. economy that has not been choosey in deciding whose job to put next on the chopping block. In August of 2010, Hoosier Vanessa Dunkley got ‘the ax’ when she lost her job, and along with it, her peace of mind.
But the pendulum of fortune recently swung the right way for Dunkley as she and her husband, Bryan, won the second-prize of $48,000 in the 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.” The Dunkley’s will receive won $48,000, or $4,000 per month for one year. The grand prize winner left with $60,000, or $5,000 per month for 1 year. “We knew one of the two of us was going to win. For some reason, we just had a feeling,” said Vanessa Dunkley. “We are very, very blessed. It feels wonderful.”
Donetta Wilburn, the third prize winner took home 36,000, or $3,000 per month for one year, while two other lucky patrons took home prize packages of $24,000, or $2,000 per month for one year; and $12,000, or $1,000 per month for one year.
Both Vanessa Dunkley and Donetta Wilburn were visibly emotional upon accepting their checks on the Center Bar
Said Wilburn, “It feels great. I’m not quite a millionaire, but close to it. I can use it—especially with the high price of gas. I can really use it.”