“I Won $1million the First Time I Played this Game!”

Beginner’s Luck for Romeoville Resident —
Wins $1million Illinois Lottery Prize

Art Paredes with his $1,000,000 ceremonial check

For Immediate Release Contact: Micaela Small 630-486-0658


Romeoville, IL—June 13, 2013 — The first time Art Paredes played the Illinois Lottery instant game $250,000,000 Cash Spectacular, he won $1 million. “I had never seen this new game before and thought I should try a ticket. I can’t believe I won $1million the first time I ever played it!”

Paredes bought his winning $250,000,000 Cash Spectacular ticket at Romeoville BP, 418 North Weber Road in Romeoville, when he stopped there to get gas. He was sitting in his car when he scratched the ticket and instantly won $1,000,000. He immediately called his wife to tell her the news. “Then it started to sink in that I had a million dollars in my hand. I drove home so carefully!”

The lucky Romeoville resident and his wife plan to invest the winnings for the education of their three children and they may upgrade to a larger house. Paredes will receive $50,000 annually for 20 years. Romeoville BP will receive a bonus of $10,000, equal to 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket.

Paredes said he has always felt he would win a big prize someday. “I want other Lottery players to know that winning is possible. You might not think it is, but it is.”

$250,000,000 Cash Spectacular offers $250,000,000 in prizes, including 30 top prizes of $1million. Players can win up to 15 times on one ticket. For more information, please visit www.illinoislottery.com.

About Illinois Lottery

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. Play responsibly.