Lotto Winner Comes Forward to Claim $4 Million

Cuba, Ill., Man Has Plans for a Harley and Retirement with Winnings

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CUBA, Ill. – March 4, 2009 – King of the road, Rodney Henderson, 46, is the grand prize winner of $4,000,000 from the February 23, 2009, Illinois Lottery Lotto drawing. The avid Harley Davidson motorcycle rider plans to spend more time taking care of his Road King® and maybe add another to his collection. 

“After I found out I won the jackpot, I bought new tires for my bike,” said Henderson. “The next day, when I went to work, everyone thought I had bought a new Harley. Boy the rumors spread fast!” 

Within a couple of hours of checking his ticket at the Mapleton Mini Mart, the news of 

Henderson’s good fortune spread throughout the area and to his hometown of Cuba, Ill. From there the news landed at Henderson’s employer, a steel company in Pekin, Ill. 

 “I have received so many phone calls from friends and family to congratulate me,” said Henderson. “Everyone is so happy for me and is wondering what I am going to do with the money.” 

Henderson, a modest man, says he plans to pay off a few bills and invest the rest of the money for his retirement. He plans to keep working at the steel company as a maintenance lead, buy that new Harley that everyone already thought he purchased, and continue to spend a few dollars a week playing the Lottery! 

“We love to have winners like Rodney, who have fun playing the Lottery and plan to save their money and invest in their future,” said Jodie Winnett, acting superintendent for the Illinois Lottery. “At the same time, we’re glad he is going to splurge a little with his plans for a new Harley.” 

The winning ticket was sold at the Mapleton Mini Mart, located at 8626 W. Wheeler Road in Mapleton, Ill., and the winning numbers were 7, 14, 21, 29, 32 and 40. Mapleton Mini Mart will receive a $40,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.


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