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Stone Park Man Wins $2mil Illinois Lottery Prize

David and Maria Ruiz with their Powerball check.

David and Maria Ruiz with their Powerball check.

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

Stone Park, IL—April 16, 2013 —For the past several years, David Ruiz has had a feeling that he would win the Lottery. “I’ve been telling my wife that one day we’re going to win, I really felt it in my heart,” he said. The feeling became a reality when Ruiz won a $2 million Powerball jackpot in the March 16 drawing.

The morning after the drawing, Ruiz sat down with a cup of coffee and the newspaper and checked his ticket. He was shocked to see that his Quick Pick ticket with Power Play matched the first five winning Powerball numbers – 03 – 07 – 21 – 44 – 53 – (16). “I ran upstairs to get my glasses in case I wasn’t seeing the numbers right,” Ruiz said when he presented his $2 million winning ticket at the Illinois Lottery Claim Center in Des Plaines.

Ruiz and his wife Maria plan to share the winnings with their three children, invest much of it for the future, and maybe buy new vehicles. Maria currently drives a ’96 Cavalier. “I’ve always wanted to buy my wife a brand new car, and now because of this Lottery win I can,” he said.

The Illinois Lottery held a check presentation today at Armanetti Wine and Spirits, 9513 West Grand Avenue in Franklin Park, where Ruiz purchased his winning ticket. He will receive $1,400,000 after required state and federal withholding. The store received a $20,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

QUICK POWERBALL FACTS

  • Introduced in Illinois on January 31, 2010.
  • Overall odds of winning the jackpot 1:175,000,000.
  • Drawings are at 9:59 PM (CT) every Wednesday and Saturday.
  • Powerball is played in 44 lottery jurisdictions across the country.
  • Jackpots start at $40 million.

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About Illinois Lottery

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $18 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 www.illinoislottery.com. Players must be at least 18 years old.

 



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