Early Christmas Gift For Chicago Resident

Wins $200,000 Illinois Lottery Prize

For Immediate Release Contact: Karina Rosado 312-368-5831

Chicago, IL — December 6, 2013 — “I bought this ticket hoping to win so I could buy Christmas gifts for my family, and I won!” Cynthia Vera told Illinois Lottery staff when she presented her $200,000 winning $500 Frenzy instant ticket at the Prize Center in Chicago.

The Chicago resident was visiting her dad at the Humboldt Park gas station where he works when she bought her ticket. After scratching it with a quarter and discovering she had won a $200,000 top prize she asked the clerk to verify her win. “I kept flipping over the ticket to reread the instructions because I couldn’t believe it!”

Vera, 30, works as a supervisor at a pharmacy. In addition to buying Christmas gifts she will use the windfall to travel to her native country of Puerto Rico. “I am excited to visit my country and explore my family’s heritage.”

The winning ticket was purchased at Division Citgo Gas Mart, 2805 West Division Street in Chicago. The retailer will receive a $2,000 bonus, 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling a winning ticket.

$500 Frenzy is a $5 instant ticket with over $5million in $500 prizes and a top prize of $200,000. There are still six top prizes of $200,000 available to be won. For more information, please visit


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