People Staff
May 30, 2002 11:43 AM

Since winning Ohio’s Super Lotto game six years ago, Ed Himes has been living large. He’s indulged his taste for luxe by stocking his custom-built dream house outside Youngstown, Ohio, with multiple big-screen TVs, a hot tub and a fully stocked bar seating 12. Even so, the 3,000-sq.-ft. basement of the $1.5 million spread he shares with his wife and three kids may not prove spacious enough to showcase the former electrician’s proudest purchases: some 50,000 to 60,000 items of Dale Earnhardt memorabilia. Boxes full of shirts and photos autographed by the late NASCAR champ are stacked next to a leather couch, chair and love seat sporting giant white 3s — Earnhardt’s number — and the racer’s signature embossed in red. Nearby lies the front bumper of a car Earnhardt drove in a race in 2000, and “the Intimidator” himself beams from the front of a vending machine. “I’ve probably gone overboard,” allows Himes, 36, who in many other respects has shown restraint. “I’m not going to fly to Paris for lunch or nothing,” he explains. “I like Burger King.”

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