|For Immediate Release||Contact: Jovanna Levy 312-368-5830|
Niles, IL - March 7, 2012 – Jayendra Shah is the newest $2,000,000 winner from the Illinois Lottery's Platinum Payout 20X. Jayendra bought his ticket on February 16th at N&M grocery store in Niles.
Shah and his family were present today to accept an oversized, commemorative check today from Illinois Lottery representatives. He remembers the day as if it was yesterday. "I was at home when I decided to scratch my ticket. I thought I was just going to win $50. Then as I continued scratching I thought it was $100. I was shocked when I realized it was a lot more than that. I thought I was going crazy…crazy, in a good way." He feels blessed and is thrilled beyond words. "God has given me the best gift ever!" he exclaimed.
Shah, who has been working since he was 13 years old, indicated that his Lottery win could not have come at a better time. "I just bought a house in Niles about eight months ago. This is going to help me pay the mortgage." He also plans to help some of his family members pay their education bills and go back to Baroda, India to visit his family.
N&M grocery story received a $20,000 bonus, one percent of the jackpot amount, for selling a winning ticket. Store owner, Nick Modi, was also present and very excited that his store had sold the winning ticket. “I am so happy for the Shah family," Modi said. According to Modi, this is the biggest instant winner on record for their store since he purchased his business in 1995.
As with all lottery games, proceeds from instant tickets benefit the Common School Fund and the Capital Projects Fund. Last year, the Lottery transferred $690 million to the support education, capital projects and other good causes. To date, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $17 billion to support education in Illinois and public works.