Glen Ellyn Resident Wins $1 Million From IL Lottery; Winning Ticket Sat On His Desk For Two Months

Ron Yurcus and his wife Kathy with their $1 million check.

Ron Yurcus and his wife Kathy with their $1 million check.

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CHICAGO, IL November 14, 2012—For two months Ron Yurcus had a winning $1 million Powerball ticket sitting on his desk—unbeknownst to him.   The Glen Ellyn resident won $1,000,000 in the August 22 Powerball drawing by matching the first five numbers – 22 - 29 - 31 - 47 - 55 - (19) –  however, he didn’t check his ticket until he ran across it a couple of weeks ago.  Today, the Illinois Lottery presented Yurcus with a ceremonial check for $1,000,000 at the gas station where he bought the winning ticket.

“About 12 tickets had accumulated on my desk, and I decided to tidy up to make room for my new computer.  I checked the winning numbers on the Illinois Lottery website and just about screamed when I saw that I won,” he said.

Yurcus is a retired hospice chaplain.  He and his wife Kathleen have lived in Glen Ellyn 45 years.  Their plans for the money include investing and sharing with family, especially their three children and four grandchildren. 

They also plan to donate to several charities.  “My wife and I have always donated our time and energy to various charities.  Now, because of this lottery win, we can donate financially as well.” 

The Lottery also presented BP Glen Ellyn, located at 339 Roosevelt Road in Glen Ellyn, with a ceremonial bonus check for $10,000 for selling the winning ticket.

Powerball jackpots start at $40 million and grow quickly with each roll.  The Powerball jackpot has been rolling since October 6 and now stands at $185 million for tonight’s drawing.

Powerball sales in Illinois stay in Illinois. Since Illinois introduced this multi-state lottery game, Powerball has contributed an estimated $120 million to the Illinois Common School Fund and Capital Projects Fund.


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.