Jamaica, Illinois Resident Claims $1 Million Powerball Prize

For Immediate Release Contact: Mike Lang 217-524-5158
Micaela Small (630) 486-0658

SPRINGFIELD, IL – December 5, 2012 – Willis Kistler only buys lottery tickets when the jackpot is high. When last week’s Powerball jackpot reached $550 million, he decided to take a chance, resulting in a $1million prize for matching the first five Powerball numbers. “I’ve never had any luck with the lottery until now,” Kistler said. “This time, I sure did! I plan to keep playing the lottery!”

The November 28 Powerball drawing saw two Illinois players win $1million prizes for matching the first five numbers. The winning numbers from the drawing were 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 and (6).

Kistler, who works as a truck driver for Foodliner, Inc., bought a $6 Quick Pick Powerball ticket at the Casey's General Store in Fairmount, Illinois. Kistler and his wife, Gala, live in Jamaica, Illinois. They have four children and ten grandchildren.  He plans to share the winnings with his family, go on a cruise to the Bahamas, and pay a lot of bills. “It will most definitely be a different Christmas this year!”

The Casey’s store will receive a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. Kistler’s prize will be for $700,000, after required state and federal withholding. The Nov. 28 Powerball jackpot reached $587.5 million. Ticket sales in Illinois generated nearly $25 million for the state’s Common School Fund and the Capital Projects Fund. 


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