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A southern Indiana man from the small town of Orleans finds himself among the ranks of an elite club after winning a Hoosier Lottery prize for the second time.  John “Philip” Kaiser walked into Hoosier Lottery headquarters and presented a winning Scratch-off ticket worth $500,000 last week.  Four years ago, July 1, 2011, he also won $1 million on a Hoosier Lottery Scratch-off ticket.

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For Kaiser, it pays to be green-literally.  His most recent win was the result of a trip to the recycling center.  On his way home from dropping off recyclables, Kaiser decided to stop and purchase a Lottery ticket.  He opted for the Wild $10 Scratch-off, a decision ultimately worth half a million dollars!

After his first win, Kaiser replaced his 28-year-old truck with more than 360,000 miles. The lucky grandfather of three has equally humble plans for his recent winnings.  He is going to buy his son an iPhone.

In 2011, Kaiser claimed one of eight $1 million top prizes available on the $80 Million Spectacular game. He purchased that winning ticket at Casey’s General Store, 1216 W. Mulberry St. in Salem, located about 20 miles from Orleans.

This time around, Kaiser claimed one of six $500,000 prizes on the Wild $10 game after purchasing the ticket at Smoker Friendly, 201 Gospel St. in nearby Paoli. He is the fifth lucky winner to claim a top prize on the game.  At this time, one top prize on the game remains unclaimed.

While Kaiser’s feat is certainly rare, he is not the first Hoosier Lottery player to win big money more than once on a Scratch-off.  In 2014, Robert Hamilton of Indianapolis claimed two $1 million prizes.