Dreams Come True X 2: Two IL Lottery Players Win 2012 World Series™ Game Tickets!

One 2nd-chance Winner selected after making online Mega Millions purchase

For Immediate Release Contact: Mike Lang (217) 524-5158 Chanele Newton (312) 368-5814

Chicago  October 4, 2012 – Attending the World Series is something most baseball fans can only dream about.  But this “opportunity of a lifetime” will become a reality later this month for two lucky Illinois Lottery players who will attend games three and four of the 2012 MLB World Series. Both were 2nd-chance winners in the lottery’s just-concluded MLB World Series Getaway promotion.

World Series prize winners include Leroy Kaminski from Chicago’s South Side, a huge Chicago White Sox fan; and Mary Huff of downstate Monmouth, a life-long Chicago Cubs fan. Huff won World Series tickets by purchasing a Mega Millions ticket via the Lottery’s internet-sales website (, while Kaminski won the exclusive MLB getaway by submitting a non-winning Chicago White Sox MLB instant ticket.

“While it’s too bad neither the White Sox nor the Cubs made the post-season this year, I’m glad two of their biggest fans will have the exclusive opportunity to attend World Series games with family and friends,” said Lottery Supt. Michael Jones. “The third team featured in one of our three MLB instant games—the St. Louis Cardinals—made it to the post-season this year. So their fans are happy, as well!”

Kaminski and Huff will each bring three guests to the “fall classic” getaway, which includes attending World Series games on Oct 27 and Oct 28 at the yet-to-be-determined American League champions’ ballpark. The prize package, which spans five days and four nights, includes round trip airfare to the American League host city; four-night, deluxe-hotel accommodations; and $1,500 in spending money.

“This is the opportunity of a lifetime,” said Kaminski, 46. “I’ve been buying the White Sox MLB ticket with hopes of winning season tickets. While I didn’t win season tickets, my wife encouraged me to enter the 2nd-chance promotion—and I’m so happy I did,” he said.

“I can’t wait to go to the World Series,” said Huff, 33. “I’ve been a Cubs fan all my life, and I hope I get to see my beloved Cubbies make it to the World Series some day!”

Kaminski and Huff were randomly selected as winners on October 1 from over 218,000 entries. Participants could enter by either purchasing a Mega Millions or Lotto ticket online, or by submitting the serial number from non-winning MLB instant games (Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, and St. Louis Cardinals). The three instant games are still available at most Lottery retailers, and, in the case of the Cubs and White Sox games, have 2013 season-ticket prizes yet to be claimed.  The Cardinals game still has one unclaimed $25,000 top prize ($25,000 prizes remain in the Cubs and Sox games, as well).

As with all lottery tickets, proceeds from these tickets benefit the Common School Fund and Capital Projects Fund. Photos of winners are available upon request.


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.