$94,500 Hoosier Lottery win delivers career opportunity for Whiteland man

FiggINDIANAPOLIS (July 3, 2013) - A Whiteland man plans to use a Hoosier Lottery win to make a big life change.  Roger Figg hopes to use his $94,500 Cash 5 winnings to transition to a new career.

"This couldn't come at a better time," said Figg, who claimed his winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters July 2. "I want to go back to school to become a veterinary assistant or a dog  groomer. This will give me the opportunity to pursue that."

Figg's good fortune arrived by way of a Cash 5 win.  The five numbers on his Cash 5 ticket matched all five numbers drawn in the July 1 drawing.  The winning numbers were:   1 - 11 - 12 - 21 - 31.

Figg is a regular Cash 5 player and always plays numbers of his own choosing.  His win was somewhat of a shock to him because it happened after he had taken a brief hiatus from playing.

"I stopped playing Cash 5 for about three weeks after the big jackpot hit a while back," said Figg. "It was kind of like fate because I had stopped playing and had just started again when I won."

Besides the opportunity to transition into a new career, Figg, who works for a medical supply company, plans to invest the bulk of his winnings and enjoy the rest of his already-scheduled summer vacation.

The California-native turned Hoosier purchased his lucky winning ticket at Circle K at 989 U.S. Hwy 31 North in Whiteland.

Figg joins winners in Hoosier cities of Batesville, Fort Wayne, Greenfield, Hammond, Indianapolis, Jasonville, Merrillville, Michigan City, Monterey, Monticello, Muncie, Remington and South Bend in claiming Cash 5 jackpots. Cash 5 averages more than 4,000 winners every night and costs just $1 per play. The overall odds of winning are 1 in 8.8. The jackpot starts at $50,000 and rolls, or increases, every night until it is hit.

The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly. Must be 18 or older to play.  Gambling Addiction Referral Line: 800-994-8448.  

ABOUT THE HOOSIER LOTTERY: Hoosier Lottery distributions benefit every county throughout Indiana. Each fiscal year, the Hoosier Lottery contributes $30 million to Police and Fire Pensions, and $30 million to the Teacher's Retirement Fund. The remainder of Lottery earnings are applied to reduce  excise taxes by 50 percent for every Hoosier vehicle owner.


For more information, please contact Stephanie McFarland at smcfarland@hoosierlottery.in.gov.

Photo:  Roger Figg of Hobart claims his Cash 5 prize at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters.


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