Talk about being a family man.
A northwest suburban man says he won the lottery by using the numbers of his family’s birthdays.
Prabhakar Gumidyala won $300,000 from a Lucky Day Lotto ticket after matching all five numbers – 7, 10, 11, 12, 21—in an April 28 drawing, lottery officials said.
“I combine our seven birthdays and use them once a week to play Lucky Day Lotto, always hoping to win big someday,” Gumidyala said. “I couldn’t believe it when I saw my numbers on the computer screen. I’m still in shock.”
Originally from India, Gumidyala has been working in the auto industry in Illinois for more than 20 years.
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He plans to use his winnings to buy a bigger house for his family, which includes his wife and their five daughters.
Gumidyala purchased his winning ticket from a Citgo in Elgin. The retailer will receive a $3,000 bonus, equal to 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket.