DeKalb Resident Wins $4.5 Million Lotto Jackpot
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DeKalb, Ill. – October 15, 2010 – DeKalb resident, Ron Steger, is Illinois’ newest millionaire after winning the $4.5 million Lotto jackpot from the Saturday, September 4, 2010 drawing. Road Ranger, located at 1734 Sycamore Road, sold the winning ticket. The winning numbers were 13, 18, 25, 36, 42 and 44 – numbers Steger said he has played for years.
Steger has played the Illinois Lottery for more than 20 years, and says his favorite games are Lotto, Mega Millions and Powerball. While the winning numbers are numbers Steger has played for years, he admits that the numbers are completely random.
“These are just some numbers I’ve been playing for years,” said Steger. “I always knew that one day they would come through,” he continued.
Steger and his wife were vacationing in Wisconsin during the Labor Day holiday when the winning Lotto numbers were drawn. When they returned from their trip, Steger checked the local newspaper and recognized the numbers from the drawing as his regular numbers.
“I immediately looked online to verify the numbers again and to see how many people won the jackpot,” said Steger. “For the first week or two, I was in complete shock, but now I feel good because I am in a position where I can help my family members.”
Steger plans to buy each of his two daughters a house, start a college fund for his granddaughter and use his new fortune to allow him and his wife to retire.
Steger’s good fortune runs through the family, as his daughter just recently appeared on “Wheel of Fortune,” and won a trip to Jamaica and more than $8,000.
Road Ranger, the retailer that sold the ticket, also will receive a $45,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket, one percent of the jackpot.
Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $20 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.