March 12, 2013

 Gulf War vet from Valpo has second chance at $1 million

Hoosier Lottery St. Patrick’s Day event will be lucky for one player

INDIANAPOLIS – A Valparaiso man has defied amazing odds. Chris Ziegler is one of five finalists in an upcoming Hoosier Lottery Lucky Millionaire drawing in which one of the five will walk away with a million dollar prize.  

If Ziegler’s name sounds familiar it is because this isn’t his first shot at the Lucky Millionaire prize.

Ziegler was a finalist in the previous Lucky Millionaire drawing in September 2012.  He didn’t walk away with the million dollars that time (the prize went to Greg Langel of South Bend), so he kept entering his non-winning tickets into the mylottery second-chance drawing.  One of his entries was drawn in the Jan. 30 drawing, earning him $500 and a second shot at the $1 million.

“I’m shocked and excited,” said Ziegler. “It feels amazing, especially considering the odds.”

The drawing is Friday, March 15 at the Indianapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival.  At 1:30 p.m. Ziegler will join four other finalists; Shane Dorsett of Bedford, Michael Richardson of Warsaw, Lorrie Warner of Warsaw and Bonita Henson-Turner of Crete, Ill., on the Hoosier Lottery Imagine That Stage for the drawing that will change one of their lives and make one of them the Hoosier Lottery’s next Lucky Millionaire.

Ziegler is a Marine and a wartime veteran who served in the Gulf War. He and his wife Amy have four children. He currently works as an EMT on an ambulance.  He loves his job and says he won’t quit doing what he’s doing even if he wins the million dollars.

“My friends and family say if anyone deserves it, I do,” said Ziegler.  “They are definitely rooting for me.”

Having been through the emotional event once already, Ziegler said he’s nervous and trying not to count his chickens before they are hatched.

“It seems like time slows down the closer the drawing gets. I’m very anxious for this day to come,” said Ziegler.  “The morning of the drawing I’m sure I will be very anxious, excited and nervous.”

Players may continue to enter their non-winning Lucky Millionaire tickets for a chance to be a finalist in the third and final mylottery Lucky Millionaire second-chance drawing. A date for that drawing has not been announced. 

The mission of the Hoosier Lottery is to maximize net income for the state in a socially-responsible manner. In fiscal year 2012, the Hoosier Lottery generated $211 million in surplus revenue which was used to significantly reduce the motor vehicle excise tax for all Hoosier drivers and also supported the pension funds for retired Indiana teachers, police and firefighters. Player prizes for the fiscal year totaled $533 million and $60 million was earned by Indiana retailers on the sale of Hoosier Lottery products.

Since its inception in 1989, the Hoosier Lottery has produced more than $4.2 billion for the citizens of Indiana, $1 billion in commissions and bonuses for participating Indiana retailers, and has paid out more than $8.9 billion in player prizes.

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