On the 12th Day of December the Illinois Lottery gave to me…a check for $250,000

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

CHICAGO – Dec 12, 2011 – Twelve nurses from University of Chicago were presented today with an oversized check $250,000 from the Illinois Lottery. The nurses bought their winning Mega Millions ticket at Circle K in Orland Hills. The nurses matched all five numbers on the Nov. 8 draw through a Quick Pick – 05 - 31 - 45 - 47 and 54. 

The nurses call themselves the Lucky 12. They work the overnight shift in Labor and Delivery and have a long-standing Lottery pool where they each contribute $16 a month to play both Powerball and Mega Millions. According to Rosalind Seals, the person who normally bought their tickets went on maternity leave so another member of the Lucky 12 stepped in to make the November purchase. One hitch, this person had never bought a Lottery ticket before. So Seals wrote out detailed instructions on a piece of paper and off she went to a Circle K in Orland Hills. “I am so glad she followed my instructions and bought her tickets where she did,” Seals said. 

All of the nurses said this Lottery win is making their holidays a bit brighter this year. 

Circle K received a $2,500 bonus, one percent of the jackpot amount, for selling a winning ticket. Store manager, Deana Turner was excited that they sold the winning ticket, and was waiting for the winner to come forward. “I kept asking our regular players to check their Mega Millions ticket to find our big winner,” Turner said. This is the biggest winner on record for this location under the Circle K management, said Tim Caddell, Market Manager for Circle K. 

The Lucky 12 have their sights set on the Mega Millions jackpot that rolled again Friday night to $116 million. 

As with all lottery games, proceeds from Mega Millions, Powerball and Lotto will benefit the Common School Fund and the Capital Projects Fund. Last year, the Lottery transferred $690 million to the support education, capital projects and other good causes. To date, the Illinois Lottery has contributed $16.4 billion to support education in Illinois. 

Mega Millions Quick Facts 

  • Next draw date: Dec. 13, 2011, 10:00 p.m. The Mega millions drawing takes place Tuesday and Friday nights at 10:00 p.m. For more information, please visit 
  • Estimated jackpot amount: $116 million 
  • Largest Mega Millions jackpot to date: On March 6, 2007, Mega Millions again made history with a jackpot of $390 million - setting the record for the largest jackpot in North America. 
  • Costs of a Mega Millions ticket: $1 per play


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.