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Pana, IL—June 20, 2013 — “What a blessing!” Patricia Cothern said after winning a top prize in the Illinois Lottery’s 4th of July Millionaire Raffle. The lucky Pana resident won $10,000 in the June 13thEarly Bird drawing. “I checked the winning Raffle numbers on the Illinois Lottery website. I couldn’t believe it when I saw that ticket number 110330 won $10,000. Number 110330 is my Raffle ticket number!”
“I called my sons right away to tell them the good news and they didn’t believe me!” Cothern plans to share the windfall with her three sons and two grandchildren. When asked if she had advice for other Lottery players she said, “Keep playing because you never know… you just might be the next big winner.”
Cothern said she often plays instant Lottery games, Lotto and she always buys a Raffle ticket. And for this raffle game, her ticket is still in the running to win more prizes. Cothern’s 4th of July Millionaire Raffle ticket will remain eligible for the early bird drawings in June, and the final drawing on July 4th.
The winning ticket was purchased at Shasteen’s Marathon, 703 Jackson Street in Pana. “I am a regular Lottery customer at that store,” Cothern said. The store received a $100 bonus, 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket.
The Illinois Lottery held the third early bird drawing for its 4th of July Millionaire Raffle today, June 20. The Lottery is reminding people to get their Raffle tickets today to be eligible for the next two drawings.
This year’s 4th of July Millionaire Raffle is the first game of its kind offered by the Illinois Lottery, costing just $10 to play and offering chances in multiple drawings - June 6, 13, 20 and 27, and the Grand Prize drawing on July 4th - on a single ticket. 4th of July Millionaire Raffle tickets are available at over 8,100 Illinois Lottery retailers until July 4th or when tickets sell out.
Winning raffle numbers will be available on the Illinois Lottery’s website at www.illinoislottery.com after each drawing. Raffle players can 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). The Lottery’s website offers additional information on drawings, including a how to play video and updates on raffle sales.
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.