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Lottery-winning couple's White Sox love story

After the Big WinAfter the Big Win: Lottery-winning couple's White Sox love story

Alex Snelius remains true to team he and his late wife loved

If you're a faithful viewer of White Sox television broadcasts, you've heard the name Alex Snelius, and most of you have probably wondered who he is.

Snelius is synonomous with White Sox home runs. Every time they go yard, he donates $100 dollars in memory of his wife, Ursula, who was a huge Sox fan.

"From the time I met my wife, Sox, always Sox, she loved it so much," Snelius said. "The first time I seen her I fell in love with her."

The Lithuanian immigrants were married for 47 years. They hit it big winning a $64 million lottery jackpot in 2000 and decided to give back.

Those home runs add up — the couple has donated more than $144,000.

"I always said I would rather donate home runs than take a trip around the world because I get more pleasure out of this," Snelius said.

"My mom passed away, she was the one that started it when they won the lottery," said the couple's daughter Cindy Sanocki. "She's like we have to do something, I am very proud of them."

"Alex is so funny, when I talk to him on the phone he says 'we got three home runs last night,' 'but Alex that's $300'... [he said] 'I don't care, I don't care,'" said White Sox Senior Director of Community Relations Christine O'Reilly.

Now one of Snelius' biggest disappointments is that Ursula passed away right before the Sox won the World Series in 2005, but he made sure she was memorialized right on the Sox World Series monument.

"Everybody says she was in the outfield helping them win the World Series," he said. "We've been doing it since 2001. I will continue until the day I pass away."

It is a true White Sox love story. Now it's up to the Sox hitters to keep it going.

Ursula and Alex Snelius won the lottery in 2000 and have been giving back to the community ever since.  Ursula Snelius has since passed away, but Alex continues to make donations in her memory.
Ursula and Alex Snelius won the lottery in 2000 and have been giving back to the community ever since. Ursula Snelius has since passed away, but Alex continues to make donations in her memory.


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JackpotWanna's avatar - squiz

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March 23, 2004
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Posted: May 21, 2008, 6:56 am - IP Logged

Nice story...

    wizeguy's avatar - animaniacs04

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    Member #15143
    May 10, 2005
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    Posted: May 21, 2008, 3:26 pm - IP Logged

    Go Sox! Good for you, Alex Snelius, my condolences on the loss of your life partner.

      Sandra Dee's avatar - dandy
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      May 13, 2008
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      Posted: May 21, 2008, 4:03 pm - IP Logged

      SadSadSad this is sooooo sweet! do people still stay married that long? ahh, so sweet! if i keel over i don't even want to think what my knucklehead of a hubby will do with that money -- it starts with 'strip' and middle part is 'club' and ends with 'bankrupt chump'


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        November 16, 2005
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        Posted: May 21, 2008, 6:36 pm - IP Logged

        I think I remember this guy!   He was on a lottery show talking abouit the white sox and how he had won the lottery.   He liked cars and owned alot of them . His  wife died and he has changed to make memorials to her.     Something like that,     anyways I know who youre talking about.

          mken32's avatar - Lottery-062.jpg
          I dont know where
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          June 18, 2003
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          Posted: May 23, 2008, 12:42 pm - IP Logged


          Party Like a RockStar

            AuntiePat's avatar - animaniacs10
            Just outside of Cleveland, OH
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            Posted: May 25, 2008, 10:01 am - IP Logged

            What a good story and what a good guy!

              tntea's avatar - Lottery-059.jpg

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              June 30, 2004
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              Posted: May 25, 2008, 12:21 pm - IP Logged


                   OLD/Vtrac   Lottery Bible         Double Warnings      Thumbs Up TN F34/F44

                maine23's avatar - cigar
                dallas texas
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                April 16, 2005
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                Posted: June 2, 2008, 12:57 am - IP Logged

                Finally a great story....This might be 1 of the first I have ever heard without anybody going broke somebody tryin to kill em suzi's on crack killed her boyfriend yesterday then blew her brains out.....Just lets you know that winning the lottery has positive effects....Great story....

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                  February 18, 2008
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                  Posted: June 10, 2008, 5:07 pm - IP Logged

                  I saw this guy on one of those Lottery Winners tv shows.He bought 7 homes for family members.His daughter & son-in-law had a house built that is a copy of Elvis Preslys Graceland.He bought some property and built a small chapel in memory of his wife.Seems like a real nice guy,but awful lonely.I hope all of that tv exposure doesn't put him in danger.