“Quick Picks are the way to go!”

Chicago Train Technician Wins $133,333 Illinois Lottery Prize

For Immediate Release Contact: Karina Rosado 773-569-1342

Chicago, IL—June 18, 2014 — “I am so happy I won with a Quick Pick ticket!” said Raymond Ives when he presented his winning Lucky Day Lotto ticket at the Illinois Lottery Prize Center in Chicago.  The Chicago resident won a $133,333 jackpot prize when his Quick Pick ticket matched all five numbers – 11 - 22 - 32 - 34 – 37 – in the Tuesday, May 24 evening drawing. 

Ives was at a gas station buying a newspaper when he bought a $2 Lucky Day Lotto Quick Pick ticket.  The next day he checked the winning Lucky Day Lotto numbers on  When he realized he’d won, he told his wife the amount and she wouldn’t believe him. “She didn’t believe me at first but once I visited the Prize Center and returned with a copy of the claim form she did!” he said.

Ives, 64, has worked as a train technician for over 25 years in Chicago. He is married with two children.  His plans for the windfall are to buy a car and remodel his home. When asked what advice he would give to other lottery players he said, “Don’t give up. Quick Picks are the way to go!”

The winning ticket was purchased at Citgo, 4901 South Central Avenue in Stickney.  The retailer will receive a $1,333 bonus, equal to 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket.  Three winning tickets shared the May 24 $400,000 jackpot.  The other two $133,333 winning tickets were purchased at Berwyn Amoco, 3845 South Harlem Avenue in Berwyn and Bockwinkle’s, 155 North Harbor Drive in Chicago.

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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