Valpo man wins $1M in his 2nd shot at second-chance lottery
Post-Tribune staff reports March 15, 2013 9:50PM
Chris Zeigler of Valparaiso with his wife Amy shows off is winnings Friday in downtown Indianapolis. Zeigler won $1 million in the Hoosier Lottery's Lucky Millionaire second-chance promotion. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 17, 2013 6:14AM
INDIANAPOLIS — Chris Ziegler, an emergency medical technician and Gulf War veteran from Valparaiso, won $1 million Friday from the Hoosier Lottery Lucky Millionaire.
Ziegler, a father of four children ages 2 to 15, who served as a Marine, was one of five finalist chosen at random to win the prize.
“Right now, I’m just trying to comprehend it,” Ziegler said. “It feels amazing to know that we’ll have that much money to take care of things, that the kids will be taken care of.”
Ziegler was a finalist in the previous Lucky Millionaire drawing in September. While he didn’t win that time, he continued to enter his tickets in the second-chance drawing, leading to the chance drawing on Friday.
“Everything happens for a reason,” said Chris’ wife, Amy, who works as an emergency room registered nurse. “By not winning the first time, it feels that much more surreal.”
The couple have decided to meet with a financial adviser and hope to use their money to purchase a house and take care of car payments, as well as give each child a chance to choose one nice gift. They said they plan to continue to work full-time.
The Hoosier Lottery will continue to accept non-winning Lucky Millionaire tickets for a third and final second-chance drawing. A date for that drawing has not been announced.