Chicago Resident Instantly Wins $1 Million From The Illinois Lottery

“I was hoping and hoping and hoping I’d win.”

Lakesha Mapp holds her winning ticket.

Lakesha Mapp holds her winning ticket.

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Chicago, IL—April 24, 2013 —“I just couldn’t believe my eyes when I scratched my ticket! In fact, I took off my glasses, cleaned them and put them back on to look at the ticket again,” Lakesha Mapp said after scratching a $3,000,000 Cash Jackpot instant Lottery ticket and instantly becoming a millionaire. Today, Illinois Lottery officials presented the Chicago resident with an oversized check for $1 million.

Mapp, who buys three or four instant tickets a year, said this was the second time she had ever played $3,000,000 Cash Jackpot. She was at home when she used a quarter to scratch her ticket. “I’ve really been struggling, so as I scratched the ticket I was just hoping and hoping and hoping I’d win.” Currently living in an apartment, she plans to use the winnings to buy a house and invest in a college fund for her son. “This win is a true blessing,” she said.

The winning ticket was purchased at Farmers Food Basket, 400 East 71st Street in Chicago. “This is a family store and we are so happy that someone from our community won this Lottery prize,” said store owner Hatem Masud. The store will receive a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

There are still three prizes of $3 million and 16 prizes of $1 million yet to be claimed on $3,000,000 Cash Jackpot. Mapp chose to take her prize as the one-time cash option of $606,428. After withholding, her lottery check will be for $424,499.60.

$3,000,000 Cash Jackpot Quick Facts:

  • $84 Million in total prizes
  • Eight $3 million prizes in the game (three $1 million prizes still unclaimed)
  • 48 $1 million prizes in the game (16 $1 million prizes still unclaimed)


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.