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2nd Big Game Winner Claims Prize

May 19, 2000

CHICAGO (AP) _ A couple who own a small brewery claimed half of last week’s $363 million Big Game jackpot today.

Joe Kainz, who lives with his wife, Sue, in Tower Lakes, a Lake County suburb north of Chicago, said they plan to ``have a lot of fun″ and take a trip to Ireland with their lump-sum winnings _ $181.5 million before taxes.

The couple owns the Wild Onion Brewing Co. in Lake Barrington. Their three adult children _ Michael, 34; Patrick, 29; and John, 26 _ all work for the family microbrewery.

Kainz said they did not plan to retire. Their first goal, he said, ``is to get it and park it″ somewhere where it is safe.

Illinois’ winning ticket was a computerized ``quick pick″ sold at Sweeney’s Citgo in Lake Zurich, a gas station and convenience store. Owner John Sweeney gets $1.8 million from the lottery as a seller’s commission.

The other winning ticket was sold in Michigan to swimming pool installer Larry Ross, who claimed his prize last week.

Though the $363 million prize was the biggest lottery jackpot in U.S. history, the largest individual payout is the $197 million awarded last year to a Massachusetts woman.

The winning numbers from the May 9 drawing were 1, 2, 12, 33, 37 and Big Money Ball 4. The odds of matching all six numbers were one in more than 76 million.

The Big Game is played in Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey and Virginia.

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