Chicago man wins lottery game three times in three weeks

Christopher Kaelin holds his $250,000 winning Crossword instant ticket. ( Illinois Lottery)
April 23, 2014 2:06:34 PM PDT
Christopher Kaelin didn't expect to win the lottery - especially not three times.

Kaelin, of Chicago, won $276,000 by winning three times on the same lottery game in three weeks.

"I never expected to win - especially not three times!" Kaelin said in a press release.

The first time he won, Kaelin was on his lunch break when he scratched off a $250,000 Crossword ticket and won $25,000.

"My fianc? and I were so thrilled that I won $25,000, we went out for dinner to celebrate," Kaelin said. "When we stopped at a gas station afterward, I decided to buy another Crossword instant ticket and won $1,000!"

Kaelin said he bought his third ticket a week later from the same store where he won his original prize. After scratching off the ticket with a key, he discovered he had won again.

Kaelin rushed to the Illinois Lottery Prize Center, where he noticed that he had won more than he expected.

"I was in the elevator when I took another look at my ticket and noticed I had the tenth word," Kaelin said. "The prize wasn't $25,000 -- it was $250,000! I was shocked!"

Kaelin, 24, said he plans to use the winnings to buy a house, pay off his student loans and pay for his wedding next spring.


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