Beginner’s Luck For Palmyra Resident

First Time Player Wins $250,000 Lucky Day Lotto Prize

For Immediate Release Contact: Micaela Small 630-486-0658

Palmyra, IL— January 29, 2014 — The very first time Randall Dowland played Lucky Day Lotto he hit the jackpot. “I just randomly chose some numbers and used them to try Lucky Day Lotto,” said the lucky Palmyra resident when he presented his winning ticket at the Illinois Lottery Prize Center in Springfield. Dowland matched all five numbers — 07 — 11 — 14 — 15 — 24 — to win $250,000 in the January 6 Lucky Day Lotto evening drawing.

Dowland, 63, has lived in the Palmyra area all his life. He and his wife Gail have two children and two grandchildren. They plan to use the windfall for home renovations and a family vacation in Florida.

The winning ticket was purchased at Fanco, 405 West Elm in Waverly. The retailer will receive a $2,500 bonus, equal to 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket.

Jackpots for Lucky Day Lotto start at $100,000. Drawings are twice a day, seven days a week with over 40,000 winners every day. That’s over 250,000 winners in Illinois every week! For more information, please visit


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.