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Plainfield, IL— October 17, 2013 — Simon Gomez has been a fan of Crossword puzzles all of his life, which is why he experienced an extra thrill in winning a top prize in the Illinois Lottery’s $250,000 Crossword instant ticket. “I love playing crossword games and this win could not have come at a better time!” The Plainfield resident recently lost his job after working for 24 years in a warehouse.
While out buying a few things, Gomez decided to treat himself to a $250,000 Crossword ticket. After scratching his ticket, he couldn’t believe his eyes. “I was so excited that night I placed the winning ticket under my pillow for safekeeping. The next morning I lifted up the pillow to make sure it wasn’t a dream!”
Gomez, 53, plans to use the windfall to pay off his mortgage, help his family, and possibly take a trip to visit relatives in Mexico. He also plans to continue to look for work. “Coming from a large Mexican family we worked every day since we were young, so my search for a new job won’t end. This prize will just help me take care of my wife and three daughters in the meantime,” Gomez said.
The winning ticket was purchased at Speedway, 1300 Normantown Road, in Romeoville. The retailer will receive a $2,500 bonus, 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling a winning ticket. $250,000 Crossword is a $10 instant ticket that currently has five unclaimed $250,000 prizes. 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 illinoislottery.com. Players must be at least 18 years old.