Arlington Heights Resident Turns $1 Into $250,000 Thanks To Illinois Lottery

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October 23, 2012 – Chicago IL – “I won with a $1 quick pick!” said Carl Niess  after matching all five numbers -08 - 09 - 16 - 32 - 39 and winning $250,000 in the October 5 Mega Millions drawing. 

“It was late when I checked the numbers on the Illinois Lottery website.  I had to wake up my wife to have her double check my ticket,” Niess told Lottery staff.   Niess, 63, is a part-time furniture salesman.  He and his wife, Linda, plan to use the money to pay bills and “we’ll put a little away for retirement.”

The winning ticket was purchased at 7-Eleven, located at 1 Wolf Road in Prospect Heights.  “I buy my tickets there as often as I can,” said Niess, adding, “I stop in for coffee and they take care of me – they are very friendly.”  The store will receive a bonus of $2,500 from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

An occasional Mega Millions player, Niess also plays Lucky Day Lotto and Lotto.  His largest lottery win prior to this was $100.  When asked if the lucky lottery player had any advice for others, he said, “Play smart; you don’t have to over-do it.  It only takes a dollar!”


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.