“I Listened To My Lucky Charm”

Oak Forest Resident wins $325,000 on Illinois Lottery’s Lucky Day Lotto

For Immediate Release Contact: Karina Rosado 312-368-5831

Oak Forest, IL—July 8, 2013 — Celso Rivera said he won the lottery thanks to his lucky charm -- his wife. “I finally listened to my wife and played the lottery. I still can’t believe I won $325,000.” Rivera was on his way home when he stopped at a gas station and remembered his wife saying ‘don’t forget to play today’, said the Oak Forest resident.

That evening Rivera and his wife watched the news to check the winning Lucky Day Lotto evening numbers. When he saw that his ticket matched all five numbers — 15 - 21 - 34 - 37 - 39 — he immediately went to to confirm the win. “I kept staring at the screen. That night I was so nervous and excited I couldn’t sleep,” he said. The following day Rivera went to the gas station for yet another confirmation. “The manager who checked my ticket gave me a huge smile, and at that second I knew it was real, and felt assured.”

Rivera’s wife said they plan to share their winnings with their three children, and possibly travel to their native country of Puerto Rico. When asked if Rivera had any advice for other Lottery players he responded, “Keep playing because you may get lucky when you least expect it.”

The winning ticket was purchased at Oak Forest Shell, 16702 South Cicero Avenue, in Oak Forest. The retailer received a $3,250 bonus, equal to 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket.

Jackpots for Lucky Day Lotto start at $100,000. Drawings are seven days a week with over 35,000 winners every day. That’s over 200,000 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.