Sharon Lichtman with her $2million winning ticket
For Immediate Release
Contact: Micaela Small 630-486-0658
Buffalo Grove, IL— December 4, 2013 — “I’m so sad that my Dominick’s store is closing, however, I am so happy I won the lottery there! What a wonderful way to say good-bye,” Sharon Lichtman said after winning $2million on a Merry Millionaire instant lottery ticket.
Lichtman was at her local Dominick’s “picking up a few things for dinner” when she decided to treat herself to a Merry Millionaire instant ticket. She bought her ticket out of the lottery self-service machine and scratched it in the store. “At first I thought I won $1,000 and then I looked more closely and couldn’t believe what I was seeing! I went home as quickly as I could, signed the back of my ticket and put it in our safe.”
The lucky Buffalo Grove resident and her husband Marc, plan to share the winnings with their two sons and invest for retirement. “This lottery win is a dream come true for us.”
The winning ticket was purchased at Dominick’s, 450 Half Day Road in Buffalo Grove. Dominick’s will receive a $20,000 bonus, 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket. Lichtman chose to take the cash option payment of $1.2million in lieu of the 20 year annuity. She will receive $840,000 after required withholding.
Merry Millionaire is a $20 instant ticket with a top prize of $2million! There are still two prizes of $2million available to be won. For more information, please visit www.illinoislottery.com.
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