Mr Gambles, from Matteson, Illinois – a small village south of Chicago – won over $1m in the Illinois lottery when his ticket matched all five numbers on 7 June. As his name might suggest, this is not the first time he’s played, or the first time he’s won.
“Nine years ago, I won $50,000 playing the numbers from the jerseys of my high school basketball team,” the 65-year-old told the Lottery when presenting his winning ticket. “I can’t believe they paid off again!”
After the clerk verified his ticket, Mr Gambles went straight home to tell his family the good news.
“They couldn’t believe that I won the lottery again!” he said.
Mr Gambles, a retired school administrator, has lived in Matteson for twenty years, and continues to play basketball. He says he plans to share his winnings with his family and friends.
When asked what advice he has forother lottery players, he said: “Pick your favourite numbers and stick with them. It worked for me!”
The Illinois lottery uses 24 per cent of its proceeds – around $690m per year – to benefit causes such as HIV/AIDS prevention, curing breast cancer and support for disabled veterans.