Joliet Great Grandmother Wins $200,000 With Her Lucky Penny

For Immediate Release Contact: Micaela Small (630) 486 0658

Joliet, IL—December 5, 2012— Jaruth Tumbling was in the car when she used a lucky penny to scratch her Seasons Winnings instant ticket.  “I thought I won $20,000, then my daughter checked the ticket and told me I won $200,000.  I couldn’t believe it!” she told Illinois Lottery staff when she claimed her $200,000 prize.

Tumbling has lived in Joliet since 1945.  Her plans for the winnings include donating to her church and sharing with her two daughters, eight grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.  “This Lottery win will help some of my great grandchildren go to college.”

The winning ticket was purchased at Shell at Cass, 710 East Cass Street in Joliet.  The store will receive a $2,000 bonus, 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling a winning ticket.

Season Winnings is a $5 instant ticket with a top prize of $200,000.  For more information, please visit


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.