VALPARAISO | Chris Ziegler knows he’s a lucky man. He’s hoping his lucky streak runs just a little longer – enough for him to win $1 million.
Ziegler, a husband and father of four from Valparaiso, will have a one-in-five chance for that million-dollar prize Friday at a the Indianapolis St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival. Ziegler will join four other finalists on the Hoosier Lottery Imagine That Stage for the drawing of the Hoosier Lottery's next Lucky Millionaire. That will mark his second chance at a million-dollar prize.
His lucky streak began in the fall when Ziegler was a finalist in the previous Lucky Millionaire drawing in September. His first trip to Indianapolis in the fall ended with a drawing at an Indianapolis Colts game.
He wasn’t chosen the winner in September, but gets another chance after sending in more non-winning tickets for Friday’s contest.
Ziegler said he was actually chosen as an alternate for Friday’s contest, but one of the winners didn’t respond, so he gets a second chance at a big prize.
He also hit another mini winning streak, he said. He won two $500 prizes in one day on scratch-off tickets.
Ziegler is a Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq and currently works as an EMT.
“When my name was drawn, I was shocked, because this was for the whole state,” he said.
Ziegler said the lottery officials were surprised by his back-to-back appearances in the Lucky Millionaire drawings.
“They’re rooting for me. I’m hoping luck sticks with me.”
Other finalists include Shane Dorsett of Bedford, Michael Richardson of Warsaw, Lorrie Warner of Warsaw and Bonita Henson-Turner of Crete.