‘Quick Pick’ Ticket Pays Off For Harwood Heights Man

Wins $250,000 Mega Millions Prize

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

Harwood Heights, IL—October 8, 2013 — “I can’t believe I won a quarter of a million dollars!” Joseph Barnes said after discovering his Mega Millions Quick Pick ticket matched the first five numbers - 04 - 13 - 14 - 28 - 41- (21) - in the Tuesday September 3 drawing to win $250,000.

The Harwood Heights resident is married with two children and two grandchildren. He was at home when he checked the winning Mega Millions numbers on “My wife started jumping up and down when I told her we won!” Their plans for the windfall include buying a new car and investing for their family.

A regular Mega Millions player, Barnes said he always buys Quick Pick tickets instead of choosing his own numbers. He purchased his winning ticket at Gateway Newstand, 4130 North Harlem Avenue in Norridge. The retailer will receive a $2,500 bonus, 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket.

Starting October 22, the Mega Millions minimum jackpot will increase from $12 million to $15 million, and will grow by at least $5 million after each drawing in which the jackpot is not won. The Mega Millions second prize will increase from $250,000 to $1million, and the overall odds of winning any prize will improve to 1 in 14.7--all for the current $1 price.

Mega Millions is currently played in 45 jurisdictions: 43 states plus Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are Tuesday and Friday evenings at 11:00 Eastern Time, 10:00 Central Time, 9:00 Mountain Time and 8:00 Pacific Time. Profits from every Mega Millions ticket sold in Illinois remain in Illinois. For more information, visit


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