Willowbrook Man Wins $2mil Illinois Lottery Prize

Charles Malone stands outside of his dream home with his oversized Powerball check

Charles Malone stands outside of his dream home with his oversized Powerball check

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

Willowbrook, IL—April 3, 2013 — Every day for a year Charles Malone has driven past a newly constructed house in Clarendon Hills and told his wife they were going to live in it someday. “I’ve been saying that I’m going to get her that house, I don’t know how, but I am.” He and his wife Abby can now buy their dream home thanks to a $2 million Lottery win. Malone’s Quick Pick ticket with Power Play matched the first five numbers — 03 — 07 — 21 — 44 — 53 — (16) - in the March 16 Powerball drawing.

The day after the drawing, Malone went to a store and used the Lottery ticket checker to scan his ticket. He was shocked to discover his win. “I can’t eat, I can’t sleep, and Abby was shaking like a leaf on a tree,” Malone said when he presented his winning ticket at the Illinois Lottery Claim Center in Des Plaines.

Malone is a Vietnam Veteran and a retired nurse, working his last 10 years at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital. They plan to share the winnings with their six children and 15 grandchildren. “And I’m going to trade my old car in for a new one,” Malone added.

The Illinois Lottery held a check presentation today at Falcon Pantry, 6601 South Cass Avenue in Westmont, where Malone 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.


  • 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.


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.