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86 million reasons to play Lotto

Susan Wood, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Many people visited South Lake Tahoe liquor stores to try their luck at winning tonight’s $86 million SuperLotto jackpot — the 11th largest in California’s history.

Among them, South Shore resident Richard Winterrowd said if he wins the lottery, he would give his winnings to charity.

“In 1995, I was homeless, so I’d like to give back to those groups that helped me,” he said at Alpine Liquor on Harrison Avenue.

Winterrowd bought his standard five tickets, as he does when the state lottery reaches at least $40 million.

The threshold also brings South Shore resident Bill Jacques out to play his hand at the jackpot.

“When it starts to get around 40 to 50 million, I’ll buy five (tickets),” he said of the systematic rule. Jacques plays the same numbers each time, but they have no significance to his life, he said.

This time, he bought 10 tickets at Ski Run Liquor.

Clerk Bill Scott said he spent much of the day selling tickets, and he plans on buying one for himself.

It may take more to compete for the prize. His chances of seizing this one are one in 41 million.

California State Lottery spokeswoman Cathy Doyle Johnston said a lot of groups are playing this week.

“We’re seeing a lot of pool buys like bowling teams,” she said, adding softball teams and extended families as getting in on the act.

The winning numbers for the $86 million SuperLotto jackpot — the third largest pot this year — will be drawn at 7:45 tonight.

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