“The Best Birthday Present Ever!”
Chicagoan wins $4 million Illinois Lottery Prize on her Birthday
|For Immediate Release||
Contact: Karina Rosado
Chicago, IL—March 14, 2014—“Winning the lottery was the best birthday present ever; I still can’t believe it!” Diane Jenkins told Illinois Lottery staff when she presented her winning Fabulous Fortune instant ticket at the Prize Center in Chicago. The lucky Chicago resident won a top prize of $4million on her birthday, March 4th.
To celebrate her birthday, Jenkins stopped at a gas station on the way home from work and treated herself to two Fabulous Fortune instant tickets. “I didn’t win anything on the first ticket. When I scratched my second ticket I couldn’t believe it was a big winner so I handed it to the clerk to double check it. When all she did was smile, I knew. I feel like I thanked her four million times!
Jenkins, 55, lives on the South side of Chicago and has worked for the United States Postal Service for almost 20 years. A single mother of two, her plans for the windfall include sharing it with her children and investing for retirement. “This win will help me in so many ways I can’t even write them all down!” she said.
The winning ticket was purchased at Citgo, 10007 South Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Today, Illinois Lottery officials presented Jenkins a ceremonial check for $4 million and Citgo a ceremonial check for $40,000, their bonus for selling the winning ticket. Jenkins chose the cash option of $2,400,000. After required state and federal withholding, she will receive $1,680,000.
Fabulous Fortune is a $20 instant ticket with a top prize of $4,000,000. There are still three unclaimed $4,000,000 prizes. For more information, please visit www.illinoislottery.com.
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 www.illinoislottery.com. Players must be at least 18 years old.