Last week, Glenda Catt found herself doing a little dance on the factory floor at Haynes International, where she works second shift as a machine operator.
Catt had just found out she landed a spot on the Fort Wayne “Hoosier Millionaire” live road show, where she’ll compete for a chance to be the next Hoosier Millionaire in the 25th anniversary championship show at the Indianapolis State Fair in August.
It was her supervisor who broke the news to Catt, after her husband called the factory to tell her she’d won.
“He said, ‘I got two things to tell you. I hate you, and give me hug. You’re so darn lucky, so good luck,’” the 48-year-old Peru resident said with a laugh.
The same day, 53-year-old Ricky Rhodes from Kokomo received a call with the same news.
At first, he thought it was a joke. Rhodes had told some of his co-workers at the NIPSCO plant in Kokomo he had put his name in the running for the show, and he thought they were pulling his leg.
“I thought it might be a joke,” he said. “When I realized it wasn’t, I was dumbfounded. It didn’t hit me for a while, but now I’m very excited.”
Both local residents will head to the live road show April 17 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Once there, they’ll compete with each other, and four other contestants, for a chance to win nearly $30,000.
Whoever wins the most money at that competition will head to Indy for a shot at taking home a cool $1 million and becoming the first Hoosier Millionaire in nearly a decade.
The iconic lottery game show was first launched in 1989 and went off the air in 2005. It’s being brought back this year to celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary.