Single Mom Becomes Biggest Cash for Life Winner

Wins $1,000 a week, every week, for the rest of her life

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CHICAGO – June 1, 2011 – A single mom became the second Chicagoan in just the past two weeks to hit the jackpot with the Illinois Lottery’s Cash for Life game. 

Elizabeth Wilson won the largest Cash for Life prize to date - $1,000 a week, every week, for life. 

"I couldn't believe it,” said Ms. Wilson. “You play with hopes that you will win, but never think it will be you." 

Ms. Wilson will use the money to pay for her daughter’s college education and buy a new car, but will continue living as she always has. 

"I enjoy working, and I plan to continue to do so, but this win makes things a little easier.” 

Today the Illinois Lottery presented Ms. Wilson with an oversized check of $1,000 a week for life at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago. She was joined by her mother, daughter and co-workers. 

The Illinois Lottery’s Cash for Life game was launched in April and offers players the chance to win $500, $1,000 or $2,500 every week for the rest of their lives. The top prize amount depends on whether the player plays a $1, $2 or $5 instant ticket. To date there have been two $500 a week for life winners, in addition to Ms. Wilson at $1,000 a week for life. 

“We all want to live a long, healthy life,” said Jodie Winnett, Acting Superintendent of the Illinois Lottery. “Cash for Life gives us an added incentive to do exactly that. We are thrilled with Ms. Wilson’s win and that other players statewide have embraced this ticket with enthusiasm.”


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.