Living In U.S. Anniversary Brings Luck To Chicago Resident

1st- time Player Wins $250,000 playing the Illinois Lottery’s Crossword Game

For Immediate Release Contact: Karina Rosado 312-368-5831

Countryside, IL— November 25, 2013 — To celebrate her 12th anniversary of living in the United States, Xiuci Chen played the lottery-- for the first time ever-- and won $250,000 on an instant ticket! "Our 12th anniversary of living in the U.S. was November 12, and I decided to celebrate by trying my luck with a ticket. I never thought I’d win such a big prize!" said the Chicago resident after winning a $250,000 top prize on an Illinois Lottery $250,000 Crossword instant ticket.

Chen was shopping for groceries in Chinatown when she bought herself a $250,000 Crossword ticket. When she got home her husband showed her how to play. After scratching the ticket together, she couldn’t believe her eyes. "I kept asking him if it was real. I wasn’t sure if he was teasing me since he wouldn’t stop smiling while pointing to the date on our calendar!"

Chen is originally from China and is married with two children, ages 21 and 25. She has been working in the food packaging industry for the past seven years. Her plans for the windfall include remodeling her home, helping her family, and taking a trip to visit her mother in China. When asked if she had any advice for other lottery players she said, "Buy a ticket and believe you can win!"

The winning ticket was purchased at EK Gifts & Housewares, 2258 South Wentworth Avenue, in Chicago. The retailer will receive a $2,500 bonus, 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling a winning ticket. $250,000 Crossword is a $10 instant ticket. There are still four $250,000 top prizes available to be won on this game! 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.