De Soto Hero Wins $750,000 Illinois Lottery Prize

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

De Soto, IL—August 1, 2013— Local hero Steve Rishel is making headlines again. Area residents may remember when Rishel was honored by the Illinois Police Association last year for rescuing a family after their boat capsized in the Ohio River. Now Rishel is back in the news, this time for being celebrated by the Illinois Lottery after winning a $750,000 jackpot prize in the July 19 Lucky Day Lotto evening drawing.

Rishel plays Lucky Day Lotto every day, and has played the same two sets of numbers “for years.” While he was at the store buying his ticket on Friday July 19, he noticed that the jackpot had been rolling and stood at $750,000. “Because of the high jackpot, I decided to buy one Quick Pick ticket in addition to playing my regular numbers.” Rishel was at the store the next day when he checked his tickets and discovered that the numbers on his Quick Pick ticket perfectly matched the winning numbers — 21 — 22 — 23 — 25 — 33 — to win the jackpot prize.

Rishel retired after 25 years of service as a Southern Illinois University police officer in Carbondale and has lived in De Soto for over 40 years. He plans to share the windfall with his son, daughter and five grandchildren. He also plans to pay off his mortgage and buy a new fishing boat. “My bass boat is 20 years old and I would love to buy a new one.”

The winning ticket was purchased at 4 Way Quik Stop, located at 200 North Chestnut Street, in De Soto. Today, Illinois Lottery officials presented Rishel a ceremonial check for $750,000 and 4 Way Quik Stop a ceremonial check for their selling bonus of $7,500, equal to 1 percent of the prize amount.

Jackpots for Lucky Day Lotto start at $100,000. Drawings are now twice a day, seven days a week with over 40,000 winners every day. That’s over 250,000 winners in Illinois every week! For more information, please visit


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