|For Immediate Release||Contact: Mike Lang 217-524-5158 Micaela Small (630) 486-0658|
SPRINGFIELD, IL – December 5, 2012 – Willis Kistler only buys lottery tickets when the jackpot is high. When last week’s Powerball jackpot reached $550 million, he decided to take a chance, resulting in a $1million prize for matching the first five Powerball numbers. “I’ve never had any luck with the lottery until now,” Kistler said. “This time, I sure did! I plan to keep playing the lottery!”
The November 28 Powerball drawing saw two Illinois players win $1million prizes for matching the first five numbers. The winning numbers from the drawing were 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 and (6).
Kistler, who works as a truck driver for Foodliner, Inc., bought a $6 Quick Pick Powerball ticket at the Casey's General Store in Fairmount, Illinois. Kistler and his wife, Gala, live in Jamaica, Illinois. They have four children and ten grandchildren. He plans to share the winnings with his family, go on a cruise to the Bahamas, and pay a lot of bills. “It will most definitely be a different Christmas this year!”
The Casey’s store will receive a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. Kistler’s prize will be for $700,000, after required state and federal withholding. The Nov. 28 Powerball jackpot reached $587.5 million. Ticket sales in Illinois generated nearly $25 million for the state’s Common School Fund and the Capital Projects Fund.
QUICK POWERBALL FACTS:
· Introduced in Illinois on January 31, 2010.
· Overall odds of winning the jackpot 1:175,000,000.
· Drawings are at 9:59 PM (CT) every Wednesday and Saturday.
· Powerball is played in 44 lottery jurisdictions across the country.
· Jackpots start at $40 million.
· Two tickets sold in Arizona and Missouri matched all six numbers to split the record $587.5 million jackpot on Wednesday, November 28.
About Illinois Lottery
Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed more than $17.5 billion to the state Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as the Capital Projects Fund. Play responsibly. Players must be at least 18 years old.