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Luck of the Draw

A windfall helps one man's small-business dream come true.

By Devlin Smith

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He didn't even like to gamble. In February 2002, TimothyTuttle was in Las Vegas for a work convention when he stopped at acasino with his boss and a few co-workers to play the slots."I was more interested in watching [my boss] play, so I wasjust putting money in and hitting a button and watching her machinewhen [mine] actually rang," he says.

Tuttle won $1.9 million on the quarter slot machine, a decentsum of money to do just about anything. He was a Milwaukee native,but his employer had transferred him to Chicago, where he plannedto work for a few years, save money, then return to Milwaukee tostart a business. The Vegas jackpot put that plan on the fasttrack.

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