Chicago Fireman Fired Up With $175,000 Lucky Day Lotto Win

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Chicago, IL—December 6, 2012— Sean McQuillan couldn’t figure out why the lottery machine kept telling him to file a claim on his ticket. “I went to scan my ticket and the machine said to file a claim. I thought it was broken and didn’t think much of it and went home,” he said. The next day, McQuillan went to another store to check his ticket again. “I put it under the scanner and it told me to file a claim again. This time I asked the clerk and she let me know I’d won $175,000! I couldn’t believe it.”

McQuillan matched all five numbers in the November 12 Lucky Day Lotto drawing – 10 - 23 - 33 - 35 – 37 – all with a Quick Pick. “I always play Quick Picks but I never knew it would pay off like this for me. I’m so happy,” he said.

McQuillan, a firefighter located out of Chicago’s Roseland neighborhood, says he usually plays in a lottery pool with his fellow firemen. “We were all hyped up about the recent Powerball jackpot so I went in on the Powerball jackpot with them. I also bought my usual Lucky Day Lotto ticket. That was one of the best decisions I have ever made!” he exclaimed.  When he found out he won, he told his wife right away and she “couldn’t stop shaking” because she was overcome with excitement.

The father of three plans to put his recent windfall away for savings and college funds. “My kids are eight, six and three, so I’m going to put a significant amount away for their education. This win helps a great deal.”

McQuillan purchased his winning ticket at 7-Eleven, 2421 West 103rd Street in Chicago. The retailer will receive a $1,750 bonus, 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling a winning ticket. Jackpots for Lucky Day Lotto start at $100,000. Drawings are seven days a week with over 35,000 winners every day.  That’s over 200,000 winners in Illinois every week! The Lucky Day Lotto drawing takes place every night at 9:22 p.m. For more information, please visit


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