Arlington Heights Resident Turns $1 into $250,000
Thanks to Illinois Lottery



For Immediate Release Contact: Micaela Small (630) 410-7145


October 23, 2012 – Chicago IL – “I won with a $1 quick pick!” said Carl Niess  after matching all five numbers -08 - 09 - 16 - 32 - 39 and winning $250,000 in the October 5 Mega Millions drawing. 

“It was late when I checked the numbers on the Illinois Lottery website.  I had to wake up my wife to have her double check my ticket,” Niess told Lottery staff.   Niess, 63, is a part-time furniture salesman.  He and his wife, Linda, plan to use the money to pay bills and “we’ll put a little away for retirement.”

The winning ticket was purchased at 7-Eleven, located at 1 Wolf Road in Prospect Heights.  “I buy my tickets there as often as I can,” said Niess, adding, “I stop in for coffee and they take care of me – they are very friendly.”  The store will receive a bonus of $2,500 from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

An occasional Mega Millions player, Niess also plays Lucky Day Lotto and Lotto.  His largest lottery win prior to this was $100.  When asked if the lucky lottery player had any advice for others, he said, “Play smart; you don’t have to over-do it.  It only takes a dollar!”



·       Mega Millions is a multi-state lottery game played in 42 states plus the District of Columbia and the U. S. Virgin Islands for a ·         total of 44 jurisdictions.

·         Mega Millions jackpots start at $12 million.

·         Each play costs just $1.00.

·         Drawings are held Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 p.m. CST.




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