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Millionaire congressman wins his third lottery prize

WASHINGTON -- You'll be green with envy: Jim Sensenbrenner has just snagged another $1,000 from the Wisconsin Lottery, after an identical win last spring.

WASHINGTON -- You'll be green with envy: Jim Sensenbrenner has just snagged another $1,000 from the Wisconsin Lottery, after an identical win last spring.

The Republican congressman from Menomonee Falls has a Midas touch with lottery tickets. Late in 1997, he won a $250,000 jackpot on a $2 ticket in the District of Columbia lottery.

"I got lucky," he said of his recent pair of prizes, the latest on Aug. 30.

Sensenbrenner, 64, an heir to the Kimberly-Clark fortune, is not exactly hurting for cash. He put his net worth at $11.6 million in a financial disclosure last March.

The lawmaker said he spends "about 10 bucks" a week on tickets. His winnings came when he entered the Super 2nd Chance drawing in which people mail at least $5 in losing tickets to try for a $1,000 prize -- and there are 10 -- in a drawing every Thursday.

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Lottery officials said approximately 50,000 people enter the second-chance drawing each week.

Sensenbrenner reportedly is not superstitious about where he shops for tickets in Wisconsin.

"I don't know that he has a favorite place," his spokesman, Raj Bharwani, said Thursday. "I guess you could say that if a place sells Diet Pepsi -- and tickets -- he'll go in."

His 1997 win came after he purchased a ticket at a Capitol Hill liquor store where he had gone to buy Wisconsin beer for his office Christmas party.

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