Waukegan College Student Wins $250,000 IL Lottery Prize

For Immediate Release Contact: Micaela Small 630-410-7145

Waukegan, IL—February 15, 2013— “I can’t believe I won, I really can’t believe it!” said Nancy Leon after scratching a $250,000 Crossword instant ticket and winning a top prize of $250,000.  “Just last week I played a $250,000 Crossword ticket and I won $100.  This is a very lucky game for me!”

Leon was at home when she used a lucky penny to scratch her ticket and discovered she had won a quarter of a million dollars.  She immediately signed the back of the ticket, put it in her purse and kept her purse with her at all times.  “At night I slept with my purse right beside my bed!” 

The 21 year old Waukegan resident attends night school at College of Lake County in Grayslake.  “I’m studying pre-pharmacy, I really want to become a pharmacist,” she said.  Her plans for the winnings include buying a new car and paying for school.  When asked if she had any advice for other Lottery players she said, “Go for it!  Everybody has a chance to win, take a chance!”

The winning ticket was purchased at Jerry’s Liquors, 489 Sheridan Road in Highwood.  The store will receive a $2,500 bonus for selling a winning ticket.  After required state and federal withholding, Leon will receive a check for $175,000. $250,000 Crossword is a $10 instant ticket with a top prize of $250,000.  Overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 3.68.  There are still six unclaimed $250,000 prizes in the game.  For more information, please visit


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