Lombard Man Claims Illinois Lottery’s First Merry Millionaire Top Prize: $1,000,000

Second time winning $1,000,000 on Holiday instant game

For Immediate Release Contact: Liz Leonard 312-368-5823

CHICAGO – Jan 10, 2012 – A Lombard man was presented with a ceremonial check today for $1,000,000 from the Illinois Lottery. Scott Anetsberger bought his winning Merry Millionaire instant ticket at J&P Food in Villa Park. Scott is the first to claim one of three $1,000,000 grand prizes from the instant game.

This is not Scott’s first big win or million. “I won $1,000,000 about nine years ago from the Merry Millionaire game,” said Anetsberger. He plans on using his winnings to pay bills and send his two younger children to college.

J&P Food received a $6,000 bonus, one percent of the jackpot amount, for selling a winning ticket. Store manager, Pranav Patel was excited when he heard that they sold a winning Merry Millionaire ticket. “He’s a regular at our store and we’re happy that he won” Patel said.


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