Joliet Electrical Designer “Shocked” By Lottery Win

Wins $1 Million Playing Mega Millions

“My wife and I really are shocked,” said Ray Hibler, pictured holding his winning Mega Millions ticket

“My wife and I really are shocked,” said Ray Hibler, pictured holding his winning Mega Millions ticket

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October 15, 2012 – Chicago IL – “Shocked” is a fitting description of how Ray Hibler, an electrical designer, felt when he discovered his $1,000,000 Mega Millions Lottery win.   “I’ve never had a million dollars in my pocket before. This is a very big deal,” Hibler said.

Hibler works for an engineering firm in the western suburbs.  He and his wife, Connie, have six children.  They plan to meet with a financial advisor to make investments, but also set aside some “mad” money for a Florida vacation and a new truck.  “I’d like to replace my ’95 Ford pick-up,” said Hibler. 

Playing Mega Millions once a week for the past two years, Hibler bought his winning Quick Pick ticket along with a Megaplier at Thornton Gas and Food Mart, 1602 Essington Road in Joliet.  After checking his ticket at a store, he went home to have his wife double-check the winning numbers on the Illinois Lottery website,  “We just set the ticket on the coffee table and looked at it. We had a hard time sleeping that night,” Hibler recalled.

Hibler hit it big when he matched the first five numbers – 06 – 08 – 14 – 43 – 56 – (28) in the September 28 drawing. Match – 5 payouts are usually $250,000 but since Hibler purchased the Megaplier, he quadrupled his wins – making him an instant millionaire. Thornton Gas and Food Mart will receive a $10,000 bonus, 1 percent of the jackpot amount, for selling a winning ticket.


  • Current jackpot is $53 million with a cash option of $39 million; after withholding: $27.3million.
  • Mega Millions is a multi-state lottery game played in 42 states plus the District of Columbia and the U. S. Virgin Islands for a total of 44 jurisdictions.
  • Mega Millions jackpots start at $12 million.
  • Each play costs just $1.00.
  • The very first jackpot Mega Millions winning ticket was sold on May 17, 2002, in Chatham, IL and resulted in a $28 million jackpot prize.
  • Drawings are held Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 p.m. CST.


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.