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Chicago, IL—June 20, 2012—The Illinois Lottery will present its first White Sox MLB Instant ticket winner tonight with a ceremonial check for $25,000 before the start of the third game of the BP Crosstown Cup at U.S. Cellular Field.
Bryan Green, accompanied by his wife Jennifer and their daughter Alexis, will accept an oversized check from Lottery Superintendent Michael Jones to commemorate the first big winner of the Chicago White Sox MLB ticket.
According to Green, he wasn’t born a Chicago White Sox fan. He didn’t bleed black and white until he was eight years old and his father took him to the new Comiskey Park. That day he saw his first live White Sox game, and ever since he has remained a loyal and devoted fan. “It was the first year that the new ballpark was opened and I fell in love,” he said. “I remember the game was so exciting and the atmosphere was amazing -- I’ve been a fan ever since.”
So, it was no surprise when Green’s eye caught a familiar site when he walked into his local Lottery retailer and eyed the White Sox MLB instant ticket. “When I saw the White Sox lottery ticket and read that I could possibly win 2013 season tickets, or $25,000, I had to give it a try,” he said.
And try he did. Green took the ticket back to his office and casually scratched the ticket. When he saw he had a winner, he started shaking. He couldn’t believe he had just won $25,000. “My coworker rushed over to see what was going on with me. I yelled, ‘I just won the lottery!’ and before I knew it, the whole office was at my desk asking to see my Sox lottery ticket,” Green said.
Ever since learning about Green’s win, his coworkers have been fans of the Illinois Lottery, in particular Green says they have been purchasing the collectible worthy MLB tickets. His win has inspired others to believe that anything’s possible.
When asked what he plans to do with his Lottery winnings, Green says he plans on paying off some bills but mostly putting the money in the bank to save for upcoming events for his two year old daughter. “It’s been a great experience. I tell people to have fun. Don’t play with the expectation to win all of the time because then you take the fun out of it,” he said.
The Illinois Lottery offers a MLB game for Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox and St. Louis Cardinals. Top prizes include 2013 season tickets and top cash prizes of $25,000. Other prizes include two all-expense paid trips for four fans to the 2012 World Series. The games also offer two ways to qualify for the World Series, the standard second chance lottery used by thousands of players or a unique entry for anyone playing Mega Millions or the lottery’s first in the nation Internet Lottery Test.
The $2 instant ticket series is now available at more than 8,000 lottery retailers throughout the state. As with all lottery tickets, the proceeds from these tickets will benefit the Common School Fund and Capital Projects Fund. Start thinking about who you would take to the World Series or how many games you can see next summer at your favorite ballpark. Everyone who plays has the same chance to win a prize. In fact, the odds for all the prizes combined are probably better than pitching a perfect game, which someone did earlier this season!
About Illinois Lottery
Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $17 billion to the state Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as the Capital Fund. Players must be at least 18 years old.