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ROBINSON, IL—June 1, 2012--Warren Kilpatrick, 85, has played the Lottery on and off since its inception in 1974. A regular player of the Lotto game, Kilpatrick’s persistence paid off in a big way when he was the sole winner of $6.75 million from the May 21 Lotto drawing.
Today Kilpatrick, accompanied by his wife of 60 years, Maxine, and several of the couple’s children, grand-children and great-grandchildren, accepted an oversized check from Lottery officials commemorating what is believed to be the largest Lottery win ever in this small Crawford County town of 6,800 located 4 miles from the Indiana border.
The persistent player has no immediate plans for the money, other than to pay some medical bills recently accrued by two of his grand-children, and fund a four-generation family reunion trip to Oklahoma later this summer for his Robinson-area family. Kilpatrick and his wife have two daughters who live in Robinson--Brenda Hayes and Chris Kilpatrick—as well as four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren (with another due in July). All in all, they are a family firmly rooted in conservative, pay-as-go values. No diamond broaches or European sports cars will be forthcoming, thank you very much.
“At my age, you kind of back out of any grand plans to spend money,” said Kilpatrick. “If I leave this world with no debt, I’ll be OK,” said the fit and alert 85-year-old who retired 19 years ago, after working more than 32 years as a regional manager for Baker Hughes, a supplier of oil-field products and technology. The Kilpatricks have lived in the same Robinson house for 38 years. “It’s a nice house,” said Maxine, who hails from nearby Flora, “but it could use a new roof,” which is suddenly very affordable for the long-married couple.
When pressed on something extravagant he might buy for himself in the future, Kilpatrick said he might consider purchasing a new minivan. But, he said, his 2005 Chrysler Town and County van is in great shape, with only 62,000 miles: besides, new cars “are so darn expensive,” it really isn’t necessary.
“We’ve seen a string of big winners in the southern third of the state in recent months,” said Lottery Supt. Michael Jones, “including the largest Illinois Lottery winners ever: Merle and Patrica Butler of Red Bud. It just goes to show--anyone, anywhere, can win anytime. That’s the beauty of the Illinois Lottery—anything really is possible.”
The City of Robinson, despite its small size, is home to another recent big winner. Michael Thoele of Robinson won one of four $1-million prizes in the most recent St. Patrick’s Day Raffle game.
Kilpatrick’s winning $6.75 million ticket was sold at Casey’s General Store, 1603 W Main Street in Robinson. Casey’s will receive a bonus of $67,500 for selling the winner. Kilpatrick opted to receive a lump sum payment of $5,121,393.50. He will receive his payment, less state and federal withholding, in three to four weeks. In the interim, he is meeting with financial planners to devise an investment strategy that will ensure the money provides benefits to the family for generations to come.
The winning numbers from the May 21, 2012 Lotto drawing were: 08, 10, 13, 23, 49 and 52. Nearly 18,000 Lotto tickets matched at least 3 numbers in the May 21 drawing to win cash prizes of $3 (for matching 3 #s), $33 (for matching 4 #s), or $1,715 (for matching 5 #s).
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Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $17 billion to the state Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as the Capital Fund. Players must be at least 18 years old.