|For Immediate Release||Contact: Mike Lang (217) 524-5158|
Wood Dale, IL—March 15, 2013—The Illinois Lottery is pleased to announce that a previously unclaimed $1million St. Patrick’s Day Millionaire Raffle ticket, sold last year in Wood Dale, has been claimedójust three days prior to its expiration. Raffle ticket number 413224 from the 2012 St. Pat’s Raffle drawing was presented to Lottery officials in Des Plaines on Thursday by an attorney representing three Chicago-area residents, all of whom are related.
“It’s great news that the missing $1 million dollar ticket was found,” said Lottery Superintendent Michael Jones. “I urge everyone who has bought, or will buy, a St. Patrick’s Day raffle ticket for this year’s drawing on Sunday to sign the back of the ticket and keep it handy. Any one of the 500,000 tickets available could be worth a million dollars.”
More details on the winners who submitted the 11-th hour claim from last year’s drawing will be released as they become available.
The winning $1 million Raffle ticket was purchased at TJVS Marathon, 389 East Irving Park Road, in Wood Dale. There are still 27 raffle prizes of $1,000 each not yet claimed from the last St. Patrick’s day drawing, which saw 509 winning tickets selected. Players who purchased a ticket for last year’s St. Patrick’s Day Raffle are encouraged to check the Lottery website to see whether they may be holding one of the winning tickets.
All 2012 St. Patrick’s Day Millionaire Raffle prizes expire at midnight on March 17, 2013.
St. Patrick’s Day Raffle tickets for this year are on sale now. St. Patrick’s Day Raffle is played like a typical raffle game with a finite number of tickets and prizes. Each $20 raffle ticket contains a unique number generated by the Lottery terminal. Raffle tickets are sold in sequential order throughout the state beginning with ticket number 000001 and ending with ticket number 500,000. To win one of the 509 prizes, a player’s raffle ticket must exactly match one of the 509 winning numbers selected. If the raffle game does not sell out, the selection of 509 winners will still take place, with winners selected from the pool of sold tickets.
Lottery prizes up to $600 can be claimed at most Lottery retail locations. Prizes over $600 may be claimed at one of five Lottery prize centers across Illinois, located in Chicago, Des Plaines, Springfield, Rockford and Fairview Heights. This year’s St. Patrick’s Day Raffle drawing will be held on March 17, 2013. Winning raffle numbers will be available on the Illinois Lottery’s website at www.illinoislottery.com.
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