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2nd Big Game Winner To Claim Prize

May 19, 2000

CHICAGO (AP) _ A suburban Chicago family has stepped forward to claim the other half of last week’s record-setting $363 million Big Game jackpot, lottery officials said.

That winning ticket was sold at a Lake Zurich, Ill., convenience store. No other information about the family was released Thursday.

However, the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights today identified them as Joe and Sue Kainz of Tower Lakes, owners of the Wild Onion Brewing Co. in Lake Barrington.

``It couldn’t have happened to a nicer family. The whole village is excited,″ neighbor Tony Cantieri said.

The couple’s three children _ Michael, 34; Patrick, 29; and John, 26 _ all work for the family microbrewery, the newspaper said.

The winners were expected to be announced today at a news conference.

Half of the Big Game jackpot would be $181.5 million. In Illinois, the winner or winners could choose either to take about $90 million in a lump sum before state and federal taxes, or take about $7 million per year before taxes in 26 annual payments.

``I think the family is still mulling over their options and deciding whether to take the lump sum or the annual payment,″ lottery spokeswoman Lisa Donnelly said Thursday.

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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