$1 Million Lottery Winner Splurges on RAV4

Orland Park woman keeps things "practical"

By LeeAnn Trotter
|  Thursday, Dec 13, 2012  |  Updated 9:18 PM CDT
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Kathy Kamba wons $1 million in Illinois Lottery game.

Kathy Kamba wons $1 million in Illinois Lottery game.

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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.

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.

"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.

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