A Stop For a Gallon of Milk Turns Into A $225,000 Illinois Lottery Win

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Chicago, IL—June 26, 2014 — “I still can’t believe my quick stop at the store for milk turned into a $225,000 lottery win!” said Michael Gebremichael when he presented his winning Lucky Day Lotto ticket at the Illinois Lottery Prize Center in Chicago.  The Chicago resident won a $225,000 jackpot prize when his Quick Pick ticket matched all five numbers – 21 - 23 - 26 - 28 – 31 – in the Tuesday, May 20 midday drawing.

Gebremichael was on his way home from work when he decided to stop at the store to buy a gallon of milk.  “When I was about to leave the store, the lottery sign caught my attention so  I bought a $1 Quick Pick ticket.  It never crossed my mind I would win!”

The next day Gebremichael checked the winning Lucky Day Lotto numbers on   When he realized he won he called his brother and sister to share the news.  The first thing they wanted to know was what made him buy the ticket.    “I guess it was the lucky sign!”  he said.

Gebremichael has been working as a parking garage attendant in the Lakeview neighborhood for more than 10 years.  His plans for the windfall include sharing with his siblings and paying bills.  

The winning ticket was purchased at 7-Eleven, 2757 North Pine Grove in Chicago.  Two winning tickets shared the May 20 $500,00 Lucky Day Lotto jackpot.  The other $225,000 winning ticket was also a Quick Pick and was purchased at Gateway Newstand, 676 North St. Claire Street in Chicago.  Both retailers will receive a $2,500 bonus, equal to 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning tickets.

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


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