Lake Villa Man Claims first $1,000,000 Prize In $200 Million Cash Spectacular
Over $17.3 Million in prizes paid out to 660,509 winners in 5 weeks!
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CHICAGO, IL—Oct 14, 2011—Kenny Perry and his older brother Tom have a long-standing tradition to buy Illinois Lottery tickets at their favorite stores, then return to Tom’s house and scratch their tickets together. On September 9th, Kenny purchased the newest $10 scratch game, $200 Million Cash Spectacular at his Lottery retailer in Wauconda, then went back to Tom’s house and discovered that he won $1,000,000.
“We looked at the ticket at least six times, and then checked the numbers again,” Perry said. “We could not believe our eyes.” Kenny and Tom have another long-standing pact when it comes to playing the Lottery –if they win big, they share their winnings with their entire family, including younger sister Cori who was so taken with her brother’s big win that she went out and bought a $200 Million Cash Spectacular ticket the next day and won $500.
The Illinois Lottery’s newly appointed Superintendent Michael Jones presented Perry, along with siblings Tom and youngest sister Theresa with an oversized Lottery check today at the James R. Thompson Center.
“Our first $1,000,000 winning ticket was purchased just days after this game was launched,” said Superintendent Jones. “Our congratulations go out to Mr. Perry and his entire family on this exciting Lottery win. And while the Perry family is our first member of our new Cash Spectacular Millionaire Club, we are pleased to announce that we’ve found our second Millionaire in southern Illinois. That leaves 23 $1,000,000 top prizes still available.”
Perry is a full-time volunteer at the St. Francis Animal Shelter in Kenosha, WI, and is a cancer survivor. He recalls many years of struggle for his single mom raising five kids alone. “This winning ticket will make life a bit easier for our family,” Perry said. “First on the list is to pay off my mom’s mortgage. Then, maybe I’ll buy a home. It’s a great time to invest in real estate,” he said.
Perry purchased his winning ticket at a Citgo station located at 1200 Rand Rd. in Wauconda. He opted for a one-time prize of $600,000 (rather than $1,000,000 paid in 20 annual installments). Anil Shah, owner of the Citgo, will receive a $6,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
In addition to the Millionaires coming forward, the Illinois Lottery reported that Cash Spectacular has awarded over $17 million in prizes to 660,509 winners since the game launched on September 2nd; four $20,000 winners have claimed prizes, three of these winners are from the Chicago metro area and one winner is from Peoria.
The Illinois Lottery projects that this game alone will contribute $35 million to the Common School Fund and Capital Projects Fund. Over the past 25 years, the Lottery has transferred over $16.4 billion to assist K-12 public schools as well as the Capital Projects Fund.
$200 Million Cash Spectacular is just one of the 25 new scratch games available at Illinois Lottery retailers.
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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 www.illinoislottery.com. Players must be at least 18 years old.