MATTESON, Ill., June 24 (UPI) — The Illinois lottery announced a man with the appropriate surname Gambles won the drawing for the second time — playing the exact same numbers.
Larry Gambles, 65, of Matteson, won a $1,050,000 Lucky Day Lotto jackpot prize by matching all five numbers in the June 7 drawing.
Gambles said his numbers, 01-06-12-14-25, have proved lucky for him in the past — including a previous lotto drawing.
“Nine years ago, I won $50,000 playing the numbers from the jerseys of my high school basketball team. I’ve been playing the same numbers ever since. I can’t believe they paid off again!” Gambles said.
The retired school administrator offered some advice for other lottery jackpot hopefuls: “Pick your favorite numbers and stick with them. It worked for me!”