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Jack Woodruff


Purchased City: Edinburgh

Date Won: 7/21/2011

Amount Won: $1,000,000

Winning means freedom for Fort Wayne police officer

Lifelong Fort Wayne residents Jack and Debra Woodruff are the latest Hoosiers to win $1 million from the Hoosier Lottery.  The couple matched the first five numbers, but not the Megaball®, in the July 1 Mega Millions® drawing. When the Woodruffs presented their Mega Millions ticket to Lottery officials in Indianapolis July 21, they thought it was worth $250,000 – and they were over the moon about that! The couple was stunned when Lottery officials informed them their ticket was worth $1 million. Jack Woodruff was speechless and Debra fought back tears as the magnitude of their win set in.“I’m numb,” said Debra Woodruff.  “It’s almost surreal, like you’re watching someone else’s life.” For Jack Woodruff, winning $1 million means one thing:  freedom.   Jack is a 28-year veteran of the Fort Wayne Police Department.  Debra is an investigator for Adult Protective Services.  Both already had retirement in their sights.  With a chunk of change in the bank, they have some decisions to make regarding exactly how much longer they want to keep working. “The freedom is the best thing,” said Jack Woodruff. Read more about Jack and Debra's story here.

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