Wins $1million In St. Patrick’s Day Millionaire Raffle

Beginner’s Luck For First Time Illinois Lottery Player

$1million winner Tara Woodson pictured with her husband.

$1million winner Tara Woodson pictured with her husband.

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

Chicago, IL—May 2, 2013 — The first and only time Tara Woodson bought a ticket for the Illinois Lottery’s St. Patrick’s Day Millionaire Raffle, she won $1 million. “My husband has played Raffle, but this was my first time. We can’t believe I won!” Today, the Illinois Lottery presented her a ceremonial check for $1 million.

Woodson was at her regular gas station, BP Gas at 11163 South Vincennes Avenue in Chicago, when she decided to buy a Raffle ticket. “I think it was good luck for me that when the clerk handed me my ticket he said, ‘this one is a winner’,” Woodson told Illinois Lottery officials when she presented her winning ticket at the Chicago Claim Center. The store received a bonus of $10,000 for selling the winning raffle ticket.

The Morgan Park resident and her husband Roderick have two children; a daughter in college and a son in high school. They plan to use the windfall to buy a new house and pay bills.

The St. Patrick’s Day Millionaire Raffle offered four $1 million prizes, five $100,000 prizes, and 500 $1,000 prizes. A total of 509 winning tickets were drawn on March 17, 2013. The other three $1million prize winning tickets were purchased in Addison, Edwardsville and Niles. Lottery players who purchased a St. Patrick’s Day Millionaire Raffle ticket can check the Lottery website, or visit one of the Lottery’s 8,100 retailers across the state to see if they are one of the 509 lucky winners.

Raffle tickets cost $20 and were sold in sequential order at Lottery retailers. Woodson’s winning ticket was number 237955. Winners can claim their prizes at one of five Illinois Lottery Claim Centers located in Chicago, Des Plaines, Fairview Heights, Rockford and Springfield. Raffle winners have one year from the drawing date to claim their prize.


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.