Another Big Lottery Winner In Rockford – Proof That Anything’s Possible

For Immediate Release Contact: Micaela Small 630-410-7145

ROCKFORD, IL – August 27, 2012 – “Anything’s possible,” said John McCall of Rockford after winning a $200,000 lottery prize, “you just have to try.”  McCall is the second Rockford resident to recently win a big lottery prize. Just two and a half weeks ago, Bob Layeux of Rockford won $1 million in the August 8 Powerball prize.  Both winning tickets were purchased in Rockford at Schnucks Markets stores.

McCall won his prize playing Queen of Hearts, one of the newest Illinois Lottery instant games.  He bought his ticket Friday night at Highlander on Rural in Rockford and scratched it while sitting in his truck in the parking lot.  “I signed the back of it right away and drove straight home to have my girlfriend check the ticket.  We just stared at it.  We stared at it off and on for 48 hours,” he said.

The 37 year old crane operator claimed his prize this morning.  He plans to spend some of his windfall on a new vehicle.  “My truck is a ’94 and it’s pretty beat up,” McCall told lottery staff.  He can also take a trip sooner than he expected.  The first-time uncle plans to visit his only sister and niece in Buffalo, New York.  “My niece was just born August 13 and I’ve been wanting to get there.  Now I can go,” he said.

McCall said he often buys his groceries and lottery tickets at Highlander on Rural.  Highlander, owned by Schnucks Markets, receives a $2,000 bonus, one percent of the prize amount, for selling a winning ticket.  “We’re always very happy for our customers when they win a big prize,” a store manager said.

Powerball winner Layeux also bought his winning ticket at a Schnucks Markets store in Rockford – Logli at 6410 East State Street.  “We’re so happy that one of our customers has become a millionaire,” said Logli Co-Manager Keith Mortensen.

As with all lottery games, proceeds from instant tickets 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 over $17 billion to support education in Illinois and public works.

Queen of Hearts Quick Facts

  • Launched August 7, 2012
  • Beat The Dealer and win one of $1.9 million in prizes
  • Overall Odds:  4.05 to 1


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.