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IL—August 16, 2012—Brian Youngman has a new favorite color—ruby red. The Washington native won $250,000 last week playing the Lottery’s “Ruby Red 7s” instant game. With part of the money, he’s planning to purchase a new pickup truck and motor-scooter, both of which will sport a ruby red paint job.
A regular Lottery player, Youngman, 50, has worked for 16 years as a machine operator at Morton Buildings in Morton. After learning about his win, about 30 of Youngman’s co-workers have played the $5 Ruby Red 7’s instant game. “Everything I buy with this prize will be ruby red,” he said with a smile. His current vehicle, a traditional red 2003 GMC pickup truck, has close to 100,000 miles on the odometer.
Youngman’s parents, Gale and Janet Youngman, live in the area, as do two brothers and a sister—plus five nieces and a nephew. Youngman said he will use part of the Lottery windfall to pay off some family bills, as well as purchase a few rounds of golf—a favorite hobby.
“Good things always seem to happen in threes for me,” said Youngman. “I’ve had three holes-in-one during my golfing lifetime, and I’ve won two great Lottery prizes recently: A $4,000 prize on July 3 from a Cash for Life game, and the Ruby Red 7’s prize on August 3; I’m half expecting to win another big Lottery prize on Sept 3!”
A confident Lottery player, Youngman has the Lottery instant game—and related color—picked out for his next big win—$5 Extreme Green, which, like Ruby Red 7s, features top prizes of $250,000. “Maybe there is a green pickup truck in my future,” he joked.
Youngman’s $250,000 Ruby Red 7s prize was the second of five available $250,000 prizes to be claimed in that game (three prizes unclaimed). None of the six $250,000 prizes in Extreme Green have been claimed yet.
Youngman purchased his winning Ruby Red 7s ticket on August 3 at Casey’s General Store, 2114 W. Farmington in Peoria. The store will receive a $2,500 bonus for selling the winning ticket. He drove to Springfield with his father Gale the following Monday to submit his claim. He will receive his prize money, less 30 percent required withholding, in about three weeks.
About Illinois LotteryFounded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed $17.5 billion to the state Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as the Capital Projects Fund. Players must be at least 18 years old. More information on the Lottery is available at www.illinoislottery.com