Illinois Lottery Prize Makes College Possible For Cullom Family

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Cullom, IL—August 14, 2013— “Words can’t express how happy I am,” said Christine Kolozie when she discovered she’d won the lottery just days after receiving notification of her daughter’s acceptance to Loyola University. The Cullom resident won $150,000 when she matched all five winning numbers — 03 -04 - 08 - 10 - 25 — in the July 6 evening Lucky Day Lotto drawing. “This win will help me pay the college tuition for my daughter, whose dream is to become a lawyer.”

Late in the evening on July 6 Kolozie checked the winning Lucky Day Lotto numbers at “I thought for sure I was reading it wrong on the computer!” she said. After having her children double check the ticket she said, “This is too good to be true, the timing is impeccable.” Kolozie is a single mom with two sons and a daughter, ages 10, 13 and 18. Her full time job as a home care worker consists of taking care of an 18-year old boy with autism. When asked about her plans for the winnings she said, “I plan to invest in college funds for my children, pay bills and buy a new car.”

Kolozie said she plays Lucky Day Lotto every other day and has played the same numbers for years. “I always play the birthdays of my children for good luck and this time it paid off.” The winning ticket was purchased at Party Shop, 1 Bradie Drive, in Clifton. The retailer will receive a $1,500 bonus, 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling a winning ticket.

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! The Lucky Day Lotto drawing takes place every day at 12:40 p.m. and 9:22 p.m. For more information, please visit


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.