Joliet Man Gives Hugs Galore After Winning $1mil In Lottery

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JOLIET, IL – June 26, 2012 – Cleodoa Miers from Joliet was presented today with an oversized check for $1 million from the Illinois Lottery.  He bought his winning $200,000,000 Cash Spectacular ticket at Gardner Food Mart in Joliet.

Miers scratched his winning ticket in the store. “I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “I checked the ticket, and then I had the retailer check the ticket.  When he told me I won, I hugged him!  We were hugging each other!”

A regular lottery player, Miers said he won $10,000 three years ago on an instant ticket purchased at the same store. “This is my neighborhood store, this is where I play,” he said.  Miers opted for the cash option of $600,000. He plans to use the money to buy a house, maybe buy his wife a new car, and invest his winnings for his retirement. 

Store owner, Mohammad Eid also received a ceremonial check today for $10,000, one percent of the prize amount, for selling a winning ticket.  "Cleo has been a loyal customer.  I’m so glad someone from the neighborhood won,” he said.


About $200,000,000 Cash Spectacular

•         launched August, 2011

•         $10 Instant game

•         25 prizes of $1 million

•         13 top prizes unclaimed


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.