$1 Million Lottery Winner Splurges on RAV4

Orland Park woman keeps things "practical"

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    Kathy Kamba wons $1 million in Illinois Lottery game. (Published Thursday, Dec 13, 2012)

    Orland Park's Kathy Kamba knew exactly what she wanted when she won $1 million in the Illinois Lottery.

    "I think it's every person's dream to have a new car, so when I saw I had that kind of money, I thought that's I'm gonna do, I'm gonna get myself a new car," Kamba said.

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    She didn't have to go far to get one. Kamba works at Orland Toyota, which is where lottery officials handed her an oversized check, and where she picked out a brand new RAV4 small SUV. The same style as her 2000 model because she considers herself "practical."

    Kamba took the lump sum payment, which works out to around $420,000 after taxes. She didn't immediately tell her bosses, but she did tell her sisters.

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    "When she called me she said 'are you sitting down?' and I thought, 'who died?'" her sister, Diane Lysik, said.

    Kamba joins a growing list of local lottery winners. On Wednesday, Asif Kahn accepted his $1 million lottery prize. He's buying a Mercedes. And last month, Highland, Indiana's Larry Chandler won the $1 million Powerball prize, which he planned to start spending at Red Lobster that evening.