River Grove Resident Wins Big In The Illinois Lottery’s St. Patrick’s Day Raffle

“You Have To Try This Game!”

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River Grove, IL—April 9, 2013 — “I think Raffle offers the best odds of winning. I’m so happy I won. You have to try this game!” Michael Konwinski said after winning $100,000 playing the Illinois Lottery’s St. Patrick’s Day Raffle. Konwinski discovered his win when he entered his Raffle number — 117821 — on the Illinois Lottery website. “The message popped up saying ‘Congratulations!’ and then I just stared at my computer screen for about ten minutes,” he said.

Konwinski’s plans for the winnings are to pay bills and invest. The winning ticket was purchased at Convenient Foods, 8901 West Grand Avenue in River Grove. The store received a bonus of $1,000 for selling the winning raffle ticket.

The St. Patrick’s Day Millionaire Raffle offered four $1 million prizes, five $100,000 prizes, and 500 $1,000 prizes. A total of 509 winning tickets were drawn on March 17, 2013. Lottery players who purchased a St. Patrick’s Day Millionaire Raffle ticket can check the Lottery website, or visit one of the Lottery’s 8,100 retailers across the state to see if they are one of the 509 lucky winners.

Raffle tickets cost $20 and were sold in sequential order at Lottery retailers. Winners can claim their prizes at one of five Illinois Lottery Claim Centers located in Chicago, Des Plaines, Fairview Heights, Rockford and Springfield. Raffle winners have one year from the drawing date to claim their prize.


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.