Chicago Resident Scratches Her Way To A $250,000 Illinois Lottery Win

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Chicago, IL—January 31, 2013— Beata Gal has been playing Crossword puzzles for as long as she can remember, so naturally she was drawn to the Illinois Lottery’s $250,000 Crossword instant ticket. Little did she know, her attraction to the traditional game would pay out a quarter of a million dollars! “I can’t believe I won.  I’m so excited,” Gal said.

Gal was out doing some grocery shopping for her family when she decided to pick up a little something for herself as well. “I love any form of a Crossword game so of course I bought the $250,000 Crossword instant ticket.  I buy it from time to time.  This time, it paid off!” she exclaimed.

Gal, a mother of three, has high hopes for this lottery win. “I want to save this money so my husband and I can send our kids to college. We have a 16 year old, a 12 year old and a 10 year old, so this will definitely help us invest in their futures,” she said. “I am so thankful for that.”

The lucky Chicago resident purchased her winning ticket at Jewel Osco, 6107 South Archer 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 that currently has eight unclaimed $250,000 prizes. 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.