Dreams Come True For $1 Million Powerball Winner

“Many Things Are Possible”

Octavio Perez holds his $1,000,000 oversized check

Octavio Perez holds his $1,000,000 oversized check

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

SCHILLER PARK, IL – January 24, 2013 – Octavio Perez shares a two bedroom apartment with his parents and his brother and sister.   He has often dreamed of buying a house for his family.  For years he has also dreamed of having enough money to pay for college so he could work in the medical field, perhaps as an X-ray Technician.   Another recurring dream is that he could someday own his favorite car – a Camaro.   Now, after winning $1million in the Saturday January 5 Powerball drawing, Perez plans to make all these dreams come true.

“I don’t believe it…anything really is possible!” said an amazed Perez, 27, when he verified his winning ticket at the Des Plaines Lottery Prize Center on January 7.   He discovered he had won by checking the winning Powerball numbers on the Illinois Lottery website (   He matched the first five numbers – 26 – 30 – 49 – 51 – 54 – (25) – to win $1 million.  He had his brother double-check the numbers and confirm the win. “Then I signed the back of the ticket, put it in my wallet and headed straight for the Lottery prize center” in Des Plaines.   

Perez works at a warehouse in Elk Grove Village.  In addition to buying his family a house and paying for a college education, he plans to invest some of the winnings.   And will he actually buy his dream Camaro?   “Oh yeah, for sure,” he exclaimed.

“The new $2 Powerball has created 19 $1million dollar winners in Illinois,” said Lottery Superintendent Michael Jones. “We’re thrilled for Mr. Perez, his family, and his local Chevrolet dealer.  We hope he will pursue a college education and realize his dreams.”

The Illinois Lottery held a check presentation today at 7-Eleven, 3932 North 25th Avenue in Schiller Park, where Perez purchased his winning $2 Quick Pick ticket.  The store received a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.  Perez will receive $700,000 after required state and federal withholding.  

When asked if he had any advice for other lottery players Perez said, “I’ve always tried to be a nice person, a good person.  Everyone should do that.  I think maybe that’s why I won.”



·         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.