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Cubs fan wins $1 million in lottery while watching game

Oct 21, 2016, 12:46 pm

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The Cubs haven't clinched a berth in the World Series yet — but one southwest suburban fan has already gotten lucky.

Rick Kempke, 56, was at home watching a Cubs game when he scratched a $300,000,000 Cash Spectacular ticket and won $1 million, according to the Illinois Lottery.

"I can't believe it! I'm a huge Cubs fan and now that I won the lottery, I might buy a ticket for tomorrow night's game!" Kempke said.

Kempe, who has lived in Lockport all his life, bought the winning ticket at Speedway at 314 S. State St. in the southwest suburb, according to the lottery. He opted to receive his winnings as a one-time payment of $600,000.

He retired after working 25 years for the Environmental Protection Agency in Willowbrook, and in addition to a Cubs playoff ticket, he plans to buy a new car and a house.

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Maybe it will help with the pain when the Cubs lose.

RL

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    Congrats!!!

    Smile

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      Maybe it will help with the pain when the Cubs lose.

      RL

      ROTFLMAO!!!

      Congrats to the Smuck. now maybe he can afford to buy some
      quality Yankee tickets and fan gear!

      Yankees Rule!!

      "know your limitations, but excede your expectations"

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        I would have hushed about it.   Actually I would have asked someone to scout a really decent hot looking queen for me for a future wife. 

         

        This is why people need to be careful.

          Drenick1's avatar - villiarna
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          Congratulations to the lucky winner, I just hope he gets paid.

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            ROTFLMAO!!!

            Congrats to the Smuck. now maybe he can afford to buy some
            quality Yankee tickets and fan gear!

            Yankees Rule!!

            Congratulations to Rick Kempke !!  Enjoy the Cubs when they win the World Series.

             Yankees Rule?  Tell that to the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants.Argue

             "We are all in this together!" 

              dpoly1's avatar - driver
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              Cheers

              Congrats to him! Nice win!

              dpoly1 - Playing the lottery to save the jobs of those that build, transport, sell & maintain luxury items! -

               

              Eschew Poverty ........... Vote Conservative!

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                Personal Grand Slam- Banana

                 * Voice of Reason *   

                 

                People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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                  Congratulations Mr,Rick Kempke Party

                  Patriot

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                    Personal Grand Slam- Banana

                    That was a good one Green laugh

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                      Congratulations to the lucky winner, I just hope he gets paid.

                      Glad he took the cash-option.  Especially in Illinois!

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                        Congratulation to MR. Kempe  on his win. I wonder if he was sitting
                        there singing the Cubs pep song when he won it? A real Grand slam.Banana
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                          Congratulations to Rick Kempke !!  Enjoy the Cubs when they win the World Series.

                           Yankees Rule?  Tell that to the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants.Argue

                          Well, I have to tip my hat to the Cubs now..
                          still doesn't change anything.
                          I will be a Yankee's fan untill the day I die.

                          "know your limitations, but excede your expectations"