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High Steaks

Win the lottery...open a steak franchise.

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This story appears in the May 1998 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Some people might think Bob Dille is lucky. TheAshtabula, , entrepreneur won the and openedeight Steak Escape franchises--all before his 26th birthday.

After winning $10,000 in Ohio's lottery in 1991, Dillebought his first Steak Escape franchise with partners MarkAstorino, 32, and his sister, Tina Dille-Cameron, 31. All luck?Hardly: Planning and dedication have also helped Dille, who'sopened a store each year since 1992 and three stores last year. for 1997 reached $3.5 million; Dille expects $4.5 million insales this year.

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