|For Immediate Release||Contact: Chanele Newton (312) 368-5814|
Harvey, IL—July 1, 2013 — Last summer many communities in Illinois had to forego the annual 4th of July fireworks tradition due to dry, arid conditions. For some communities, like the City of Harvey, it wasn't the drought that kept the skies dark on July 4th; for years this Cook County suburb has gone without a fireworks show due to a lack of funds. That will change this year, because the Illinois Lottery--proving again that anything is possible--stepped in to sponsor Harvey’s fireworks show at Thornton Township High School on July 4th.
“The 4th of July is the quintessential American holiday--and Illinoisans everywhere want to experience a fireworks show that both celebrates and reflects their patriotism,” said Illinois Lottery Superintendent Michael Jones. “The Illinois Lottery is proud to help the residents of Harvey reignite the rich tradition of fireworks on the 4th of July.”
“The meaning of the 4th of July coincides with the City of Harvey’s rich culture and unique history. The City of Harvey prides itself on ensuring that the general public has an opportunity to participate in the 4th of July celebration that reflects family, pride, and prosperity in our community,” said Harvey Mayor Eric J. Kellogg. “We fully embrace this partnership with the Illinois Lottery and believe that this collaborative effort will allow us to share resources to continue to build a culture of initiatives to bring positive programs that enrich the lives of our residents.”
In celebration of its 4th of July Millionaire Raffle instant ticket, and to ensure the tradition of July 4th fireworks continues throughout Illinois, the Lottery is also sponsoring a portion of the fireworks shows in Chicago/Navy Pier, Batavia, Champaign, and Rockford.
The Lottery is reminding people to get their raffle tickets today to be eligible for the final drawing. Final drawing prizes (and the number of prizes) include: $1 million (two prizes); $10,000(ten prizes); $100 (1,764 prizes); and just added tis week, Blackhawks home-style jersey (500 prizes, all jerseys size XL).
So far, the Illinois Lottery’s 4th of July Millionaire Raffle game has paid out nearly $3 million in prizes to Illinois residents in the four early-bird drawings held since the game started on May 27—and the best and final drawing has yet to occur. 4th of July Millionaire Raffle tickets are on sale until 2 a.m. on July 5, or until they sell out, whichever occurs first. Through the first four early-bird drawings, over 3,000 Illinoisans have been awarded prizes ranging from $500,000 to $100. The final drawing with include 2,276 winners, two of whom will each win $1-million prizes.
Raffle tickets are available at the Lottery’s 8,100 retailers. Winning raffle numbers will be posted on the Illinois Lottery’s website after each drawing. Raffle players can also stay on top of weekly winning numbers and get reminders and results notifications delivered to their cellular phone by texting “Raffles” to 4-6-7-8-6 (Mobile carrier fee may apply).
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