|For Immediate Release||Contact: Olamide Aruwajoye 312-368-5829|
CHICAGO – March 7, 2012 – The Illinois Lottery held a press conference for the Dirty Dozen today at 7-Eleven in Lombard. The Dirty Dozen, as they would like to be called, won $1,000,000 playing Powerball. They are the second group to win $1,000,000 since the Illinois Lottery’s switch to $2 Powerball. The Illinois Lottery Deputy Superintendent, Victor Golden presented the group with an oversized check for $1,000,000.
The winning ticket matched all five white ball numbers, but missed the red Powerball number. The winning numbers were 07 - 16 - 17 - 39 - 51 and the Powerball number was 32.
Marty Carver, 24, is the one who purchases the tickets. He buys the group’s Powerball tickets the day before the drawing at the same Lottery retailer each time. Their office pool fluctuates from time to time but they normally have all 12 people on staff participate each week. Each person puts in $2 for the chance to win.
“I went to work Thursday morning and checked the tickets online with one of my other coworkers,” Carver said. “At first I looked at the numbers and thought we’d won $1,000. Then Megan told me to check the numbers again. I started screaming we won $1,000,000. I told the others and we all took turns freaking out and double checking the numbers.”
The group has been playing together since October 2011. Each person will receive $83,333.33 before taxes.
The each person had their own plans of what they’re going to do with the money. Some plan on paying off student loans, putting it in savings or a down payment on a house. One winner said they plan on going on a shopping spree!
The Dirty Dozen purchased the winning ticket at 7-Eleven on Lloyd Ave in Lombard. The store will receive a bonus of $10,000, which is 1 percent of the prize, for selling them the winning ticket. The owner, Chiraq Patel, is excited to have such a big win happen in his store.
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