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Mount Prospect IL, November 27, 2012—Ken Lange didn’t check his Halloween Millionaire Raffle ticket right away. “It was about a week after the draw when I walked past my computer and it occurred to me that I should check my ticket.” Lange checked the list of winning Raffle numbers on the Illinois Lottery website and discovered his $100,000 win. “Over and over I looked at the numbers on the screen - 419715 - and the matching numbers on my ticket. I really couldn’t believe it,” he said.
The first person Lange told about the win was his wife, Lisa. “I sat down at the kitchen table and acted very serious and told her we had some big decisions to make…like how to spend $100,000!” The Mount Prospect residents have two children and three grandchildren. They plan to put some money down on their mortgage and, “give the kids a little more than usual this Christmas.”
When asked if he had any advice for other Lottery players, Lange said he thinks it’s a good idea to sign the back of a winning ticket right away and put it in a safe place, adding “I put the ticket in my dresser drawer.”
The winning ticket was purchased at Dominicks Finer Foods, 1042 South Elmhurst Road in Mount Prospect. Dominicks will receive a bonus of $1,000 for selling the winning raffle ticket.
The Halloween Millionaire Raffle offers four $1 million prizes, five $100,000 prizes, and 500 $1,000 prizes. A total of 509 winning tickets were drawn on October 31, 2012. The four $1million dollar winning tickets were purchased at Ayerco in Petersburg; 4 T Liquor Corral in Streamwood; 7-Eleven in Cary, and Boston’s Restaurant in Tinley Park.
Lottery players who purchased a Halloween Millionaire Raffle ticket can check the Lottery website www.illinoislottery.com, or visit one of the Lottery’s 8,100 retailers across the state to check their raffle numbers to see if they are one of the 509 lucky winners.
Raffle tickets cost $20 and were sold in sequential order at Lottery retailers. Winners can claim their prizes at one of five Illinois Lottery Claim Centers located in Chicago, Des Plaines, Fairview Heights, Rockford or Springfield.
About Illinois LotteryFounded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed $17.5 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.