Retired CTA Bus Driver Steers $250,000 Into His Bank Account With A Big Illinois Lottery Win

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Chicago, IL—December 10, 2012— “People always say they play the lottery without the expectation of winning big money, but I always knew I’d hit it big,” said Jorge Arias. This lucky Lottery player won $250,000 playing Mega Millions when he matched the first five numbers – 09 - 13 - 22 - 38 - 52 - (44) – in the Tuesday, November 20 drawing.

“When I saw that my numbers matched, I couldn’t stop screaming.  My wife, Cenith, came to see what was wrong with me and I told her we won the lottery! The look on her face was priceless,” he said.

Arias, a retired CTA bus driver, said he plans to pay some bills, enjoy retirement and go on a nice Columbian vacation with his lottery win. “I’m originally from Columbia so it’ll be nice to visit this year with no worries,” he said. “I just thank God for blessing me with this win.”

The father of three adult children purchased his winning ticket at 7-Eleven located at 2323 West Lawrence in Chicago. The retailer will receive a $2,500 bonus, 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling a winning ticket. Mega Millions drawing takes place Tuesday and Friday nights at 10:00 p.m. The current estimated jackpot is $20 million. 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.