Chicago-area man named ‘Gambles’ wins lottery twice

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Larry Gambles

MATTESON, Ill. — His name says it all. Larry Gambles, 65, of Matteson, has won the lottery twice using the same numbers.

He won $1.05 million earlier this month in the Lucky Day Lotto jackpot.

“Nine years ago, I won $50,000 playing the numbers from the jerseys of my high school basketball team,” Gambles said in a news release. “I’ve been playing the same numbers ever since. I can’t believe they paid off again!”

The retired school administrator bought the ticket at the Harvey’s Corner BP, 18300 S. Cicero Ave., in Country Club Hills, where he also checked the numbers. Then he went right now to share the news with his family.

Gambles advises other lottery players to “pick your favorite numbers and stick with them,” according to lottery officials.