Champaign Resident Wins $75,000 Illinois Lottery Prize

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Champaign, IL—August 15, 2014 — “I like the Crossword tickets because it takes a while to play them.  I feel like I get a lot of entertainment for my money,” Carolyn Gaines said when she presented her $75,000 winning Crossword instant ticket at the Illinois Lottery Prize Center in Springfield.  “Now that I won a top prize, I like them even more!”

A lifetime resident of Champaign and the area, Gaines is married with three children and five grandchildren.  Her plans for the windfall include making some minor home improvements and taking a trip.  “We’ve always wanted to take a train trip somewhere scenic and now that I won this prize, I think we will.”

Gaines said she buys two or three Crossword instant tickets each week.  She bought her $75,000 winning ticket at Circle K, 2301 South Mattis Avenue in Champaign.  The retailer received $750, 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling a winning ticket.

Crossword is a $5 instant ticket. Three of the $250,000 top prizes on this game have not yet been claimed.   For more information, please visit


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