Dream Becomes Reality For Illinois Lottery Winner

McHenry Man Wins $1 Million Powerball Prize

Scott Chapman holds his $1,000,000 oversized check

Scott Chapman holds his $1,000,000 oversized check

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

McHenry, IL— July 18, 2013 — “Every time I buy a Lottery ticket I dream of winning, but I never really expect to win—so this is quite a shock,” said Scott Chapman after winning $1 million by matching the first five numbers — 16 — 22 — 23 — 42 — 55 — (32) — in the Wednesday June 12 Powerball drawing. Today, Illinois Lottery officials presented Chapman with an oversized check for $1 million. “Now it’s getting easier to believe I really did win,” he said.

The lucky lottery player and his wife Chris have lived in McHenry for more than 25 years. This fall, the couple’s two sons will both be in college. “This Lottery windfall will really help our boys with their college expenses,” Chapman said. He will also use the winnings to pay bills and take a vacation. “My wife loves the beach so we’ll go somewhere tropical.” He plans to keep his job as a remodeling contractor.

Chapman bought his winning Powerball Quick Pick ticket at 7-Eleven located at 3808 West Elm Street in McHenry. He returned to the store to check his ticket and when the Lottery scanner screen displayed the message “file a claim”, he handed his ticket to the clerk who then confirmed that it was a $1 million winner. The 7-Eleven received a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. Chapman received $700,000 after required state and federal withholding.


  • Introduced in Illinois on January 31, 2010.
  • Overall odds of winning the jackpot 1:175,000,000.
  • Drawings are at 9:59 PM (CT) every Wednesday and Saturday.
  • Powerball is played in 44 lottery jurisdictions across the country.
  • Jackpots start at $40 million.


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.