Ho Ho Ho…the Illinois Lottery brightens this holiday season with a check for $1,000,000 for a Tiskilwa family

For Immediate Release Contact: Liz Leonard 312-368-5823

CHICAGO, IL Dec 14, 2011— Roxanna Nye of Tiskilwa is the newest million dollar winner from the Illinois Lottery’s $200,000,000 Cash Spectacular instant game. Roxanna bought her ticket on December 3rd at Beck Oil in Princeton. 

Roxanna’s daughter, Mollie, accepted an oversized, commemorative check today from, Illinois Lottery Superintendent Michael Jones at the Thompson Center on her mother’s behalf. 

After Roxanna bought her ticket, she went to her car as she always does to scratch her tickets and had to do a triple check because she couldn’t believe it. She immediately called her husband, “I was so excited and freaking out that he thought I crashed the car,” Nye said. Her favorite instant game is Bingo, but just happened to have purchased the $200,000,000 Cash Spectacular game that day and was very happy that she did. 

Roxanna opted to take a lump sum payment of $600,000, but hasn’t decided on what to do with her winnings. “It’s still very hard to believe,” Nye said. 

Beck Oil will receive a $6,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. 

Roxanna joins Harry Gounaris of Bensenville, Helmut Schmid of Chicago, Robert Pacione of Chicago, Kenny Perry of Lake Villa and James Mills of Golconda as the newest members of the $200 Million Cash Spectacular Millionaires Club. According to the Lottery, there are 20 remaining million dollar prizes yet to be claimed in this instant game alone. This game has the highest payout of any $10 game in Illinois Lottery history and will raise more $35 million to support Illinois schools and capital projects. Last year, Illinois students and schoolrooms receive nearly $632 million with $54 million going to the Capital Projects Fund.


About Illinois Lottery

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 Players must be at least 18 years old.