CHAMPAIGN – Suppose you won $13.5 million in the Illinois Lottery. What would you buy?
For Steven Workman of Champaign, it was a golf bag.
It's very possible that Workman, 57, has a golfing problem, because the CPA, who won in the Oct. 6 drawing, doesn't talk about much else.
Will he stay in Champaign?
"Yes, I really enjoy the people I play golf with," he answers.
Workman was at Jerry's IGA Round Barn this morning, to pose with one of those big checks that aren't worth the cardboard they're printed on.
He will soon get a real check for the lump sum option, but he doesn't yet know the exact figure.
A lot of the money is going into trust funds for his three children. He also has a couple of charities in mind, but would rather not name them yet.
Workman is modest about his lotterizing skills. He doesn't pick his own numbers, for instance.
"I don't know enough to do that," he explains.
Still, his lotto mojo is definitely working. A few years back, he won $10,000 in a scratch-off lottery.
And he's not going to stop now.
"You have to play to win," he says, scoring an approving glance from the Illinois Lottery handler at the IGA. (The grocery store gets 1 percent, or $135,000, for selling him the big winner.)
The Kewanee native works for a financial planning firm. He intends to keep on working there.
With all his certified public accountant skills, he nevertheless went right to an attorney who specializes in handling money.
"I don't want to make any mistakes," he explained, alluding to famous lottery winners who have gone off the deep end, losing it all to drugs or strippers or some other obsession.
Luckily for Workman, he's grounded by golf. No plans to buy a gold set of clubs, or his own golf course, for that matter.
The divorced father of three will buy a new car. But he's not drooling over a Lamborghini or a Ferrari. This is a guy who drives a Mazda Protege, which he intends to give to his son Barry, a Parkland College student.
No, golf is the way to go. And he could even buy a round for the guys.
"The guys I play golf with were really howling at me, because I didn't offer to pay for a round of golf. So, after our game I was ready to buy a round of drinks in the lodge when somebody else walked in and said that he was buying a round for the entire place, since he had just sunk a hole in one," he said.