Winning the Lottery is a Family Affair

Chicago Aunt and Niece Share $100,000 IL Lottery Prize

For Immediate Release Contact: Micaela Small 630-410-7145


Chicago, IL—February 25, 2013— Amparo Marin and her niece Aida Guevara have been playing the Lottery together once a week for the past year.  “Of course we always hoped to win, but never really believed it would happen,” Marin said after the lucky duo won a $100,000 Lucky Day Lotto jackpot prize.  The ladies randomly chose their numbers together and matched all five numbers – 29 – 31 – 33 – 35 – 36 – in the February 17 drawing.

Marin discovered the win when she checked the ticket at a store.  “I couldn’t believe it!  I asked the clerk to check it again and again!”  She immediately signed the back of the ticket, put it in her purse and called Guevara to tell her the good news.  Marin plans to use her share of the winnings to pay bills, pay off her car loan and travel to Columbia this summer for her mother’s 80th birthday celebration.  Guevara plans to invest in her sons’ college funds.

When asked if they had any advice for other lottery players Guevara said, “Play responsibly, and play when you feel lucky.  It’s fun!”

The winning ticket was purchased at First Wheel, 3601 North Lincoln in Chicago.  The store received a bonus of $1,000 for selling the winning ticket.  After required state and federal withholding, Guevara and Amparo, both Chicago residents, will each receive a check for $35,000.

Jackpots for Lucky Day Lotto start at $100,000. Drawings are seven days a week with over 35,000 winners every day. That’s over 200,000 winners in Illinois every week!  Lucky Day Lotto drawing takes place every night at 9:22 p.m. For more information, please visit

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Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed $17.5 billion to the state Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as the Capital Projects Fund. Players must be at least 18 years old.