What A Catch!

Lucky Fisherman Wins $1million Illinois Lottery Prize

Charles Hessler with his $1million winning ticket

Charles Hessler with his $1million winning ticket

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

Countryside, IL— November 4, 2013 — “I can’t believe I won $1million!” Charles Hessler said when he presented his $1million winning $4,000,000 Gold Bullion instant ticket at the Illinois Lottery Prize Center in Des Plaines. “I’m going to do some investing and do a little more fishing,” said the St. Petersburg, Florida resident.

Hessler, a retired mechanical engineer, was in Illinois visiting family when he bought his $4,000,000 Gold Bullion ticket. “I bought it because I like the look of this ticket and it’s exciting to have a chance to win $4,000,000.” He was sitting outside on a porch when he used a nickel to scratch the ticket and discovered his win. “I’ll remember that moment for a long time,” he said.

The winning ticket was purchased at Countryside Liquors, 5540 South Brainard Avenue in Countryside. The retailer will receive a bonus of $10,000, equal to 1 percent of the prize amount. Hessler chose the cash option payment of $600,000.

Gold Bullion Quick Facts

  • Launched February 7, 2012
  • Five $4 million top prizes paid in gold bars or cash
  • 700,000 prizes from $50 to $1,000,000


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.