Southwest Side Chicago Woman Wins Big With Mega Millions!

For Immediate Release Contact: Jovanna Levy 312-368-5830

CHICAGO – Feb 16, 2012 – A Southwest Side Chicago woman was presented today with an oversized check for $1,000,000 from the Illinois Lottery. Elodia M. bought her winning Mega Millions ticket at Jewel Osco in Chicago. She matched all five numbers on the Jan 22 draw through a Quick Pick – 10, 22, 24, 36 49, 42.

Elodia is thrilled that she won and is still in disbelief. "I went to the gas station by my house to check my ticket. I handed it to the clerk and she indicated that I had won. I decided to call my daughter right away. I read to her all the zeros that followed the number one and she told me that I had just won a million dollars."

This isn’t Elodia’s first time winning big, she won $10,000 two years ago also playing Mega Millions. She plans to pay off her mortgage, purchase a house for her daughter, pay a lot of bills and save the rest. When asked if she is going to continue playing the Lottery, she exclaimed, "I love playing the lottery and will definitely continue to play. You have to play and believe that you are gonna win. You have to stay positive and have faith when you buy your Lottery tickets."

Jewel received a $10,000 bonus, one percent of the jackpot amount, for selling a winning ticket. District Manager, David Negron, is very happy that they sold the winning ticket.

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 over $17 billion to support education in Illinois.


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.