Rock Falls Couple Wins $2 Million!

From Illinois Lottery Mega Cash Instant Game

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

Rock Falls, IL—May 20, 2013 —Rock Falls residents Gerald and Virginia Sharp are Lottery millionaires--and it happened in an instant. Gerald was at home when he scratched a Mega Cash instant lottery ticket and won $2 million. The lucky couple does not have plans for the Lottery windfall, yet. “We’ll save it for now,” Virginia said. When asked if they had any advice for other lottery players the winners replied, “If you feel lucky you should buy a ticket.”

Gerald bought the winning ticket out of the instant ticket dispensing machine at Rock Falls Mobil, 201 12th Avenue in Rock Falls. The store will receive a $20,000 bonus, 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling a winning ticket. The Sharps chose the cash option payment of $1,200,000 and will receive $840,000 after required state and federal withholding.

Mega Cash is a $10 instant ticket with a top prize of $2,000,000. Players have 15 chances to win on every ticket. Overall odds of winning a Mega Cash prize are 3.56 to 1. 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.