“The Way The Day Was Going For Me, I Just Knew I Had To Play!” Des Plaines Resident Hits It Big Playing Lotto

Des Plaines resident Kathryn Griffith accepts a check for $3,750,000 from the Illinois Lottery.

Des Plaines resident Kathryn Griffith accepts a check for $3,750,000 from the Illinois Lottery.

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June 11, 2012 – Chicago IL – The Illinois Lottery was out again in Des Plaines awarding another jackpot winner and Lottery retailer with big checks and hearty congratulations. Kathryn Griffith, a Des Plaines resident, was feeling rather lucky last month when she decided to purchase one Quick Pick Lotto ticket. The next thing she knew, she was a multi-millionaire. 

Griffith told the Lottery she was looking for a place where she could buy Lottery tickets when she noticed the Lottery pot of gold logo on the window of Mike’s Liquor and Tobacco.  “The way the day was going for me, I just knew I had to play.  I was feeling lucky, so I found a place that sold the Lottery,” said Griffith.  “I placed a dollar on a Quick Pick and I can’t believe I won.”

To her surprise, she matched all six numbers through a Quick Pick – 01 - 04 - 05 - 21 - 26 - 29 on the Lotto April 5th drawing.  “I waited to claim my ticket mainly to get financial advice,” she said. 

Griffith recalls her husband’s first words when he found out she had a winning ticket.  “He told me to feel free to wake him up every morning with such good news!” she exclaimed.

The Illinois Lottery also presented Mike’s Liquor and Tobacco in Rosemont with a bonus check for $37,500 which is one percent of the prize for selling the winning ticket.  Store manager Mike Sharma was on-site and could not contain his excitement.  “We’re super-excited and hope this is one of many!” he exclaimed.

Assistant store manager Ragi Patel was also happy that the store had produced a multi-million dollar winner.  “It feels great to have a winner come from this store.  We've had $40,000, $20,000 and several thousand dollar winners before, but this is the biggest winner we’ve had so far,” Patel said.  “If the winner wants to share something with me, well that's even better,” he jokingly added.

Griffith said she is using her Lottery win to pay off her home, buy a brand new car, pay off bills and secure her retirement,” she concluded.



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.