First IL Lottery ‘Birthday Surprise’ Winner Stars In A New Lottery Radio Commercial

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Chicago, IL – August 30, 2013 – Ryan Kreoger from downstate Girard, IL decided to treat himself on his 31st birthday last March to an instant ticket from the Illinois Lottery -- appropriately called Birthday Surprise. Before leaving the Casey’s General Store where he purchased his lottery ticket, he scratched the ticket and discovered he had won the grand prize -- $150,000 cash gift to be delivered to him every year on his March 5 birthday for the next 20 years for a total prize of $3.15 million before withholding.

Today, Kreoger was in Chicago at Hoffman Studios on Lake Shore Drive recording an Illinois Lottery radio commercial for the newest edition of Birthday Surprise. Marketing for the new Birthday Surprise game goes live starting the week of Sept 9 as part of a statewide campaign.

The new edition of the $5 Birthday Surprise game hits stores this Tuesday, September 3. It contains over $34 million in total prize money. On average, in 3.9 tickets win a cash prize in Birthday Surprise. There are two top prizes in the new game, each worth over $3.15 million before withholding.


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.