“It Only Takes A Dollar To Win!” Northbrook Resident Invests $1 And Nets $250,000

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Northbrook, IL—December 3, 2012— “What a return on a $1 investment!” Laurie Amsterdam said after buying a $1 Mega Millions Quick Pick ticket and winning $250,000. The Northbrook resident matched the first five numbers – 18 – 22 – 33 – 35 – 40 - (11) in the November 9 drawing.

Amsterdam stopped at Glenview Shell to put gas in her car when she decided to go into the store to check her ticket.  “The clerk was so happy and excited for me when we realized that I had won,” she said, adding, “the first person I called was my friend who is an accountant.  I want to get some good financial advice.” The Northbrook resident plans to invest most of her prize for retirement, and do some travelling.  “I love to travel and now, because of this win, I can go to some of the places I have always wanted to visit.”

This lucky lottery winner purchased her winning ticket at Glenview Shell, 750 Waukegan Road in Glenview. The retailer will receive a $2,500 bonus, 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling a winning ticket. The Mega Millions drawing takes place Tuesday and Friday nights at 10:00 p.m. and the current estimated jackpot is $13,000,000.  For more information, please visit


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