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Chicago man wins lottery three times in three weeks

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Three is a magic number, at least it might be for one Chicago resident.

Christopher Kaelin, an occasional lottery player, won the same lottery game three times in three weeks, officials announced Wednesday.

"I never expected to win," Kaelin told Illinois lottery officials earlier this month, "especially not three times."

Kaelin said his first win came during his lunch break when he bought a Crossword instant ticket at Gateway Newstand on Clark Street in Chicago and won $25,000.

Image: Christopher Kaelin, 31, an occasional lottery player, won the same lottery game three times in three weeks, officials announced Wednesday.

"My fiancé and I were so thrilled that I won $25,000, we went out for dinner to celebrate," he said.

After their celebratory dinner, the couple stopped at a gas station where Kaelin decided to buy another Crossword ticket and won $1,000.

The following week, he stopped at the same store where he purchased his $25,000 winning ticket and bought his third Crossword instant ticket. He said he was in his office when he used a key to scratch the ticket and realized he had won what he thought was $25,000.

"I was in the elevator when I took another look at my ticket and noticed I had the tenth word. The prize wasn't $25,000 — it was $250,000," he said. "I was shocked."

In total, Kaelin won $276,000.

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Thanks to Epistrophy for the tip.

NBC News

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Posted: April 24, 2014, 7:59 am - IP Logged

Congrats to the lucky winner. You can't win if you don't play.

Numbers Don't Lie!

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    Posted: April 24, 2014, 8:02 am - IP Logged

    When luck crosses your path...luck really comes to you. Ha! I think I'd start buying instant ticket too, we never know...

    White Bounce

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      Posted: April 24, 2014, 9:49 am - IP Logged

      Crossword tickets seem to be hot ...

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        Posted: April 24, 2014, 10:13 am - IP Logged

        Congrats!  That's cool winning like that.

        Yeah, in my area the $5 and $10 Crosswords sell like crazy.

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          Posted: April 24, 2014, 10:26 am - IP Logged

          As The Saying Goes,

              "GOOD THINGS COME IN THREES"

            Congrats To mr Kaelin

                                 

            sully16's avatar - sharan
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            Posted: April 24, 2014, 10:31 am - IP Logged

            Nice job, congrats to the lucky guy Cheers

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              Posted: April 24, 2014, 11:26 am - IP Logged

              Congratulation Christopher.....Thumbs Up

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                Posted: April 24, 2014, 11:58 am - IP Logged

                Wow. Some people are extremely blessed.

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                  Posted: April 24, 2014, 12:11 pm - IP Logged

                  Wow. Some people are extremely blessed.

                  The lottery is random. Buy more tickets.

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                    Posted: April 24, 2014, 12:13 pm - IP Logged

                    When luck crosses your path...luck really comes to you. Ha! I think I'd start buying instant ticket too, we never know...

                    Instant scratch off games are money machines. I see many players winning these things.

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                      Posted: April 24, 2014, 2:55 pm - IP Logged

                      Very exciting month for thrice IL Lottery instant game winner Christopher Kaelin! Dupe Alert

                      Having millions of dollars in my financial accounts means more, consistent fun for me.Lovies

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                        Posted: April 24, 2014, 5:24 pm - IP Logged

                        not buying that he "only" bought 3 tickets independently. but can't prove it. seems to be a stretch though. probably bought dozens in between, but it worked out for him. people buy these by the bushel around here but rarely hit. lottery knows they sell and flood the market with them as they are their biggest revenue producer. people rant and rave when they are sold out. actually takes a few minutes to play them if you do it without peeking.

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                          Posted: April 25, 2014, 8:23 am - IP Logged

                          Screw him. Occasional my arse!

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                            Posted: April 25, 2014, 4:33 pm - IP Logged

                            i wish  my local store had all the  winners delivered to it.

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                            2014 winnings S= spent W= won

                            JAN S 119/ W71 ; FEB S90 /W 13 ; MAR S93/ W75 ; APR S146/ W50 ; MAY S94/ W32 : JUN S98 /W 13 JUL S110 /W21 ; AUG S185 / W56 ; SEP S 140/W 13 ; OCT S 130 / W 66 ; NOV S104 / W47

                            S $1313W $461Tot -$851