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Ohio lottery winners say they won't go crazy

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Prize will allow couple to take it easy, travel

When Gary VanHooser won $2 on his scratch-off lottery ticket, he figured he'd re-invest it in a Ohio State Lottery Rolling Cash 5 game.

His ticket turnout to be the $421,000 winner.

"I just had the machine pick out numbers. I didn't even check them that night I play the lottery when I'm in town and I have some extra cash to spend on it," said the 74-year-old Sam's Club associate. "I didn't even check the numbers until the next day."

While sitting down for coffee at Crispie Creme Donut Shop, his favorite hangout, a friend suggested he check the paper for the lottery numbers.

"I didn't believe it at first," VanHooser said. "I had to have my friend look at the numbers. He said, 'unless that's a misprint, Van, I think you won.'"

He took a moment to compose himself and headed home to Kinnikinnick to tell his wife, Phyllis, the news.

"I didn't believe him at first, and than I asked him what this would mean," Phyllis said. "He told me it meant things would be a little easier."

VanHooser took home $290,490 after taxes and doesn't think he'll be returning to his night shift job at Sam's Club after his scheduled vacation at the end of the month.

Gary and Phyllis VanHooser with their dog Maxie in front of the RV they plan to take around the country. Maxie travels everywhere with the VanHoosers and rides up front with Gary. "He's my co-pilot," Gary said."I feel like I don't get to see him so he'll be home more now, and I won't have to pack lunches anymore," Phyllis said.

The couple said the next plan on the horizon is to take a few trips in their RV with their dog, Maxie.

"It's a real blessing for us, that's how we see it," Gary said. "We can take some time to do things we've always wanted to do."

Phyllis said she would like to have the chance to travel to Hawaii and the couple may do so to celebrate their 55-year wedding anniversary this year.

"I've always wanted to go to Hawaii and I hear about how beautiful it is," she said. "I've never been there and now we may have the chance to do it."

So far, the VanHoosers don't have any big plans for the extra spending money and they say they'll likely stay where they are in Kinnikinnick.

"We're not going to buy a yacht, and we're not going to go crazy," Gary said. "I was born here in Kinnikinnick, and we've moved all around but now we're back to stay."

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Guru101's avatar - rw6jhh
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Posted: September 12, 2007, 5:12 pm - IP Logged

Prize will allow couple to take it easy, travel

When Gary VanHooser won $2 on his scratch-off lottery ticket, he figured he'd re-invest it in a Ohio State Lottery Rolling Cash 5 game.

His ticket turnout to be the $421,000 winner.

"I just had the machine pick out numbers. I didn't even check them that night I play the lottery when I'm in town and I have some extra cash to spend on it," said the 74-year-old Sam's Club associate. "I didn't even check the numbers until the next day."

While sitting down for coffee at Crispie Creme Donut Shop, his favorite hangout, a friend suggested he check the paper for the lottery numbers.

"I didn't believe it at first," VanHooser said. "I had to have my friend look at the numbers. He said, 'unless that's a misprint, Van, I think you won.'"

He took a moment to compose himself and headed home to Kinnikinnick to tell his wife, Phyllis, the news.

"I didn't believe him at first, and than I asked him what this would mean," Phyllis said. "He told me it meant things would be a little easier."

VanHooser took home $290,490 after taxes and doesn't think he'll be returning to his night shift job at Sam's Club after his scheduled vacation at the end of the month.

Gary and Phyllis VanHooser with their dog Maxie in front of the RV they plan to take around the country. Maxie travels everywhere with the VanHoosers and rides up front with Gary. "He's my co-pilot," Gary said."I feel like I don't get to see him so he'll be home more now, and I won't have to pack lunches anymore," Phyllis said.

The couple said the next plan on the horizon is to take a few trips in their RV with their dog, Maxie.

"It's a real blessing for us, that's how we see it," Gary said. "We can take some time to do things we've always wanted to do."

Phyllis said she would like to have the chance to travel to Hawaii and the couple may do so to celebrate their 55-year wedding anniversary this year.

"I've always wanted to go to Hawaii and I hear about how beautiful it is," she said. "I've never been there and now we may have the chance to do it."

So far, the VanHoosers don't have any big plans for the extra spending money and they say they'll likely stay where they are in Kinnikinnick.

"We're not going to buy a yacht, and we're not going to go crazy," Gary said. "I was born here in Kinnikinnick, and we've moved all around but now we're back to stay."

Good story. Congratulations to the winners.

Gonna win.Big Smile

    LuckyLilly's avatar - savy chick.png

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    Posted: September 12, 2007, 5:18 pm - IP Logged

    They only took home $290,490 after taxes and they're taking a motorhome on vacation?  With today's gas prices, I'd say that is going crazy!  Razz

    Congrats to them, glad they won.  A 74 year old shouldn't have to be working the night shift to make ends meet!  Happy travels, you two!  Banana

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      Posted: September 12, 2007, 7:37 pm - IP Logged

      Wow!!! Nice $2 investment!!!

       

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        wizeguy's avatar - animaniacs04

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        Congrats to the lucky VanHoosers! Another QuikPik success story! Thumbs Up

          JackpotWanna's avatar - squiz

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          Posted: September 13, 2007, 9:25 am - IP Logged

          They only took home $290,490 after taxes and they're taking a motorhome on vacation?  With today's gas prices, I'd say that is going crazy!  Razz

          Congrats to them, glad they won.  A 74 year old shouldn't have to be working the night shift to make ends meet!  Happy travels, you two!  Banana

          You're are correct.  It would be cheaper to take the plane or train and safer too.

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            Posted: September 13, 2007, 4:48 pm - IP Logged

            Psssssssst....................Mr. VanHooser is 74.

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              Posted: September 13, 2007, 5:03 pm - IP Logged

              Wow, that's pure luck going from $2 to $290490. I hope Mr. VanHooser doesn't have financial problems later in life.

              Psssssssst....................Mr. VanHooser is 74.

               

              Guy will probably buy some viagra and walk around "sport'n a woody".

              "Everybody has to believe in something...I believe I'll have another beer!"   = W.C.Fields                      

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                Posted: September 13, 2007, 5:06 pm - IP Logged

                Wow, that's pure luck going from $2 to $290490. I hope Mr. VanHooser doesn't have financial problems later in life.

                Psssssssst....................Mr. VanHooser is 74.

                 

                Guy will probably buy some viagra and walk around "sport'n a woody".

                Then he better be careful when he "steps forward" !!!!  Naughty

                 

                                               

                              

                 

                 

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                  Posted: September 13, 2007, 6:21 pm - IP Logged

                  Then he better be careful when he "steps forward" !!!!  Naughty

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