Reindeer Antlers, A Big Red Nose And $200,000!

Antioch Store Owner Celebrates the Holidays with Illinois Lottery Win!

For Immediate Release Contact: Micaela Small 630-486-0658

Antioch, IL— December 13, 2013 — When Joanne Linker won $200,000 on a Reindeer Riches instant lottery ticket, she knew what to wear for the occasion—and just where to find it. Linker, owner of JJ Blinkers Joke, Magic and Costume Shop, donned reindeer antlers, a red Rudolph nose, and a holiday blouse before presenting her $200,000 winning ticket at the Illinois Lottery Prize Center in Springfield.

“I can’t believe I won! The Illinois Lottery slogan is right, ‘Anything’s Possible’,” said Linker. The lucky Antioch store owner, who lives in nearby Bristol WI, has owned JJ Blinkers, 896 Main Street in Antioch, for 29 years. Last summer she added a new product-line in the store and a new revenue stream for her business — Illinois Lottery tickets. “It’s been fantastic. We love selling lottery, and the staff and I enjoy playing lottery games here as much as our customers do!”

Linker plans to use the windfall to invest in her business. In addition, JJ Blinkers will receive a $2,000 bonus, equal to 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket.

Reindeer Riches is a $5 instant ticket with a top prize of $200,000. There are still two prizes of $200,000 unclaimed. For more information, please visit


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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.