Joliet Man Gives Hugs Galore After Winning $1mil in Lottery


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JOLIET, IL – June 26, 2012 – Cleodoa Miers from Joliet was presented today with an oversized check for $1 million from the Illinois Lottery.  He bought his winning $200,000,000 Cash Spectacular ticket at Gardner Food Mart in Joliet.

Miers scratched his winning ticket in the store. “I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “I checked the ticket, and then I had the retailer check the ticket.  When he told me I won, I hugged him!  We were hugging each other!”

A regular lottery player, Miers said he won $10,000 three years ago on an instant ticket purchased at the same store. “This is my neighborhood store, this is where I play,” he said.  Miers opted for the cash option of $600,000. He plans to use the money to buy a house, maybe buy his wife a new car, and invest his winnings for his retirement. 

Store owner, Mohammad Eid also received a ceremonial check today for $10,000, one percent of the prize amount, for selling a winning ticket.  "Cleo has been a loyal customer.  I’m so glad someone from the neighborhood won,” he said.


About $200,000,000 Cash Spectacular

•         launched August, 2011

•         $10 Instant game

•         25 prizes of $1 million

•         13 top prizes unclaimed



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 Projects Fund. Players must be at least 18 years old.