“What A Difference A Dollar Makes!”

Loves Park Resident Wins “Extra” Illinois Lottery Prize

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

Loves Park, IL—April 29, 2013 —When Janice Petsch recently bought a Lotto ticket, she paid an extra dollar and played Extra Shot. The lucky Loves Park Lottery player matched five of six Lotto numbers and, thanks to also matching the Extra Shot number, won $27,887.50 in the April 20 drawing. “Without Extra Shot my prize would have been $1,048.50. What a difference a dollar makes!”

A regular Lotto player, Petsch said she started playing Extra Shot when it became available last October, but never expected it to pay off in such a big way. “I didn’t know it was possible to win so much by matching the Extra Shot number.” She discovered her win the morning after the drawing when she checked the winning Lottery numbers in the newspaper. “I was shocked!”

Petsch has lived in Loves Park for 33 years. She and her husband Matt have two children and two grandchildren. Plans for the winnings include making some repairs and improvements to their home. “This money will really come in handy,” she said.

The winning Quick Pick ticket was purchased at Applewood Mobil, 5542 East Riverside Boulevard in Loves Park. “I usually buy my tickets there and the clerks all know me. They were so happy for me when I told them I won.” When asked if she had any advice for other lottery players Petsch said, “Yes! My advice is play Extra Shot!”

Lotto drawings take place Monday, Wednesday and Saturday nights at 9:22 p.m. Players get two sets of numbers for each $1 spent on Lotto. For an extra $1 per 2-game set, players receive a random, computer-generated Extra Shot number ranging from 1-25 for each game. The Extra Shot number is drawn separately from the six Lotto numbers. By adding six more ways to win, Lotto with Extra Shot offers players better overall odds of winning than playing Lotto by itself. 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.