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Birthdays, anniversary prove lucky for Sparta couple

Jerry & Bettylou Goetz (Source: Illinois Lottery) Jerry & Bettylou Goetz (Source: Illinois Lottery)
SPARTA, IL (KFVS) -

A Sparta man and his wife are $250,000 richer thanks to persistence and their birthdays and wedding anniversary.

Jerry Goetz, 63, says he's been playing the same numbers for two and a half years: 01, 06, 08, 17, 25.

And those numbers proved lucky, “My winning numbers are our birthdays and our wedding anniversary,” Goetz said when he and his wife, Bettylou, presented the winning ticket at the Illinois Lottery Prize Center in Fairview Heights.

Goetz, who is a Tool Room Manager at Spartan Light Metal Products, said he and his wife, Bettylou, plan to invest their winnings for retirement.

He bought the winning ticket at Party Time Liquor in Sparta.

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