Family Visit Turns Into A Family Fortune

Indiana Resident Wins Illinois Lottery $1 million Instant Prize

Kathleen Burney holds her $1,000,000 winning Cash Jackpot ticket

Kathleen Burney holds her $1,000,000 winning Cash Jackpot ticket

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Chicago, IL—October 1, 2013 — Indiana resident Kathleen Burney visits her younger brother in Chicago more often than she visits anyone else. “Out of eight siblings my baby brother and I are the closest, which is why I visit him often. I never imagined this visit would turn into a million dollar celebration!” she said after winning $1,000,000 playing an Illinois Lottery $3,000,000 Cash Jackpot instant ticket.

Burney and her brother were shopping when she decided to try her luck and buy a $3,000,000 Cash Jackpot instant lottery ticket. While in the car on the ride home, she used a penny to scratch the ticket. “I couldn’t stop screaming when I saw the three pineapple symbols with the $1 million number next to it. My brother had to hit the brakes!” she said excitedly. Burney didn’t mind extending her visit by a few days in order to present her winning ticket at the Illinois Lottery Prize Center in Chicago.

A retired therapist with two children, Burney plans to use the Lottery windfall to help her family and buy her brother a new car. “We take care of each other like all brothers and sisters should. We grew up like best friends. I want to help him, my children and then donate a portion to my church.” When asked if she had advice for other lottery players she said, “Keep playing but do it responsibly.”

An occasional lottery player, Burney, 64, bought her winning ticket at 7- Eleven, 6801 North Western Avenue, in Chicago. The retailer will receive a $10,000 bonus, equal to 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket.


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.