|For Immediate Release||Contact: Chanele Newton (312) 368-5814|
CHICAGO, IL — November 26, 2013 — Just in time for the holiday season, a central Illinois resident from Paxton who purchased a 3-month Powerball subscription last month on the Lottery’s website has won a $1million prize. It is the second $1 million Powerball prize awarded in Illinois to someone who bought their ticket via the Internet.
The Paxton resident purchased a Quick Pick ticket that matched the first five numbers – 05 - 12 - 43 - 52 - 55 – (10) - in the Saturday, November 23 drawing. The Illinois Lottery sent an email to the player, and mailed him a claim form used for all prizes of $600 or more. The winner, whose name is being withheld until the claim form is returned, purchased a 3-month Powerball subscription via www.myillinoislottery.com in late October.
In March 2012, the Illinois Lottery became the first lottery in the country to offer the sale of lottery tickets via the Internet, as part of a test program authorized by the Illinois General Assembly. The Lottery added Powerball to its Internet sales channel in November 2012, allowing Illinois residents 18 and over the chance to buy Powerball, Mega Millions and Lotto tickets online.
The previous $1 million Powerball ticket sold via the Illinois Lottery’s Internet site is from the Dec 12, 2012 drawing and was won last year by a Brookfield man.
This week, the Lottery debuted several new features designed to make online purchases even easier. Players are able to play multiple drawings online for Powerball, Mega Millions or Lotto with Extended Play. They can now purchase more than one game with the new shopping cart, and buy Lucky Day Lotto subscriptions for as short a period as two weeks. The Lottery has also added the convenience of using just one screen to purchase a single product, multiple products, or a subscription.
Because all players who win via the Illinois Lottery’s website are sent a notification to their personal email address, this eliminates the chance of prizes going unclaimed. A $16.6 million Powerball prize in Florida went unclaimed last week.
Powerball drawings take place Wednesday and Saturday nights at 9:59 p.m. The estimated jackpot for this Wednesday is $60 million. For more information, please visit www.illinoislottery.com.
About Illinois Lottery
Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $18 billion to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like Illinois Veterans, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for Mega Millions, Powerball and Lotto at www.illinoislottery.com. Players must be at least 18 years old.