Round Lake Park Resident Gets A True Second Chance With $3 Mil Illinois Lottery 2nd-Chance Win

Richard Kenyon with his winning Merry Millionaire ticket.

Richard Kenyon with his winning Merry Millionaire ticket.

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

Round Lake Park, IL—April 5, 2013 — Richard Kenyon’s dream of financial security became reality today, when the Round Lake Park resident received an oversized, $3 million commemorative check from Lottery officials at Stop & Save in Hainesville, the store where he bought a Merry Millionaire ticket selected as the sole winner in a statewide 2nd-chance promotion.

Merry Millionaire players had an opportunity to win $3 million by entering their non-winning tickets online. Kenyon likes to play instant tickets, especially when they are tied to second-chance promotions. He also played the St. Patrick’s Day Millionaire Raffle last month. “It’s funny, when I didn’t win a Raffle prize, I wasn’t disappointed. I had this feeling that something really good was about to happen for me.”

That feeling grew stronger when he received a phone call from the Illinois Lottery telling him he had won the Merry Millionaire second-chance drawing. “At first I thought a telemarketer was leaving a message on my answering machine, and then I heard it was the Lottery calling and I lunged for the phone!” In claiming the prize, Kenyon later presented the ticket he had entered online at

Kenyon, a self-employed electrician, is also Secretary/Trustee for the Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District. For Kenyon and his wife Candy, this Lottery win is truly a second chance. “Four years ago I became very ill and we spent all of our savings on my health care. I still haven’t recovered physically, but now I’ve recovered financially thanks to this win.” Plans for the money include sharing with their three children, saving for retirement and helping others. “We’ve always been charitable. We’ll invest properly so we can continue to give.”

The Merry Millionaire $3 million second-chance-drawing prize is annuitized over a 20 year period, paying $150,000 a year for 20 years. It can also be taken as a one-time cash option of $1,800,000. Kenyon chose the one-time cash option. After state and federal withholding, his Lottery check will be for $1,260,000. The winning ticket was purchased at Stop & Save, 366 West Main Street in Hainesville. The store will receive a $30,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

Merry Millionaire Quick Facts:

  • -$29 Million in total prizes
  • -Three $1 million prizes in the game (one $1 million prize still unclaimed)
  • -2nd chance drawing for $3,000,000


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.