$1 Million Dollar Mega Millions Ticket Brings Suburban Store $10,000 Commission

For Immediate Release

River Grove, IL – June 27, 2012 – Illinois Lottery officials presented an oversized check for $10,000 to a J.J. Peppers Food Store, 8358 West Grand Avenue in River Grove.  The lucky, winning store sold a winning Mega Millions ticket which matched all five numbers – 09 - 15 - 21 - 40 – 54 during the May 29th drawing.  By selecting the Megaplier® feature, the winning ticket was instantly increased from $250,000 to $1 million.

Megaplier is a special feature that allows a winner to multiply the original prize amount. Players can multiply their Mega Millions prizes by 2, 3 or 4 times and does not include the jackpot. The Match 5 white balls prize with Megaplier option will always be multiplied 4X’s for a $1 million prize.

Nicole Cristofano, one of the family members who owns the store, is thrilled about the good news. “We’ve had lots of smaller prizes like $2,500, $5,000 and $10,000,” she recalled.  “We are excited to share the happiness that comes along with a lottery win of this size. This win is a life changing event!” she exclaimed.


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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.