Frigid Temps Can’t Deter Lottery Excitement In Pontiac

1st $2.25M Grand Prize Ticket Sold Here for IL Lottery’s Hit or Miss Game

For Immediate Release Contact: Chanele Newton 312-368-5814

Pontiac, IL— January 28, 2014 — With many Illinoisans across the state suffering from bone-chilling temperatures and high winds, one lucky Lottery player who bought his/her ticket in Pontiac is sure to be dancing a celebratory jig after realizing they won $2.25 million in today’s 12:40 p.m. midday Hit or Miss drawing. This is the first multi-million-dollar winning grand prize ticket sold for this game, which launched last September. The win has this Livingston County town of 11,931 buzzing with excitement as to who the winner is, and whether they are a local resident or someone stopping by for fuel from the nearby interstate, I-55.

The winner, who has yet to come forward, purchased their winning ticket at Shell Gas Station, 1910 West Reynolds Street, and “hit” or matched all 12 numbers 02 - 06 - 07 - 10 - 12 - 13 - 14 - 15 - 16 - 18 - 20 - 22, and the Good Life Number, 05 in the Tuesday, January 28 drawing.

The retailer will receive a bonus of $22,500, 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling a winning ticket.

Hit or Miss began on September 22, 2013, and costs $2 per game. Players win cash by matching 8 to 12 numbers --or matching 0 to 4 numbers—of the 24 numbers selected for each drawing. Players that win a $250,000 top prize can win an additional 20 annual payments of $100,000 by matching The Good Life number—a randomly generated number from 1 to 5. Today’s winner did just that, pocketing a total prize of $2.25 million!

Hit or Miss drawings take place four times a day, seven days a week at 10:30 a.m., 12:40 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 9:22 p.m. Winning numbers are displayed on Prizes may be claimed at one of five Lottery prize centers across Illinois, located in Chicago, Des Plaines, Springfield, Rockford and Fairview Heights.


About Illinois Lottery

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $18 billion to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like Illinois Veterans, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for Mega Millions, Powerball and Lotto at Players must be at least 18 years old.