A Fabulous Fortune for Springfield Man!

Wins $1million Playing Illinois Lottery Instant Game

Ali Bahar holds his winning Fabulous Fortune ticket

Ali Bahar holds his winning Fabulous Fortune ticket

For Immediate Release Contact: Micaela Small

Springfield, IL—March 20, 2014— “I can’t believe I won $1million!” Ali Bahar said after scratching a Fabulous Fortune  ticket and instantly winning $1,000,000.  “It really is possible to win big with just one ticket,” the lucky Springfield resident told Illinois Lottery staff when he presented his winning ticket at the Prize Center in Springfield.

Bahar, 45, is a Habilitation Specialist at the Hope Institute.   An occasional player of the Illinois Lottery 20X20 instant game, Bahar said he recently went to the store to buy a ticket and the lottery self-service machine was out of that one.  “I decided to try a Fabulous Fortune ticket instead.  It was pure luck that I bought this winning ticket!”  His plans for the windfall include buying a car and investing. 

The winning ticket was purchased at Qik N Ez, 1101 Stevenson Drive in Springfield.   The retailer will receive a $10,000 bonus, equal to 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket.

Fabulous Fortune is a $20 instant ticket with a top prize of $4,000,000.  There are still six $1,000,000 prizes and three $4,000,000 prizes unclaimed.  For more information, please visit


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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.