“Something told me to buy this ticket”!

Schaumburg Resident’s “feeling” Pays off
Wins $2,000-a-week-for-20-years Illinois Lottery prize

Daisy Hidalgo with her oversized check.

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


Schaumburg, IL—June 25, 2013 — Daisy Hidalgo was paying for gas when she decided to buy The Good Life instant Lottery ticket and won $2,000 A Week For 20 Years. “I saw The Good Life ticket and suddenly I felt a pounding in my heart; something told me to buy it. This is the first time I ever played this game!”

After purchasing the ticket, Hidalgo put it in her purse and rushed home to make dinner. While cooking, her cell phone rang and when she took it out of her purse, The Good Life ticket fell out. Using the token for her locker at the gym, she scratched her ticket. “I instantly knew that I won, but I couldn’t believe it was real. I ended up burning dinner!”

An occasional Lottery player, Hidalgo said she started buying tickets a few months ago after seeing winners on the Lottery display screen inside a store. “Seeing the pictures of those winners made me believe that it is really possible to win the Lottery, so I thought I should give it a try.”

The Schaumburg resident is married with one daughter and one grandson. Plans for the windfall include a family vacation in Hawaii, and investing. “I’m an accountant, so I’ll use this money to plan for our retirement. This win is a big opportunity for us,” said Hidalgo.

Hidalgo’s The Good Life prize is paid in annual installments of $104,000 for 20 years (totaling $2,080,000 prior to required withholding). The winning ticket was purchased at Circle K, 575 South Roselle Road in Schaumburg. For selling the winning ticket, Circle K will receive a bonus of $20,800, equal to 1 percent of the prize amount.

When asked if she had advice for other lottery players, Hidalgo said, “If you have a feeling, buy a ticket!”

The Good Life tickets are available at four different price points--$1, $2, $5 and $10 with respective top prizes of $1,000, $2,000, $3,000 and $10,000 a week for 20 years. Grand prize winners for the four games will receive significant cash amounts over the 20 year life of the grand prize:


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