Illinois Lottery Win Is “Life-Changing” For Tinley Park Man
Wins $250,000 Mega Millions Prize
|For Immediate Release||Contact: Micaela Small 630-486-0658|
Tinley Park, IL—May 14, 2013 —“I didn’t win the jackpot but I sure feel like I did,” Tony Sefl said after matching the first five numbers — 01 - 19 - 20 - 39 - 49 - (28) — in the Friday May 10 Mega Millions drawing and winning $250,000. The $154 million jackpot in Friday’s Mega Millions multi-state lottery rolled, making tonight’s jackpot worth $170 million.
Sefl, a diesel mechanic, was sleeping when his girlfriend checked the winning Mega Millions numbers on-line and started screaming. “We can’t believe it, it still hasn’t really sunk in,” Sefl said. The Tinley Park residents are planning to buy a house with a portion of this lottery win. “This is life-changing for us,” Sefl said.
A regular Mega Millions player, Sefl buys one ticket once a week and always plays Quick Picks. He purchased his winning ticket at Speedway, 16649 South Kedzie Avenue, in Markham. The retailer will receive a $2,500 bonus, 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling a winning ticket.
When asked if he will buy a ticket for tonight’s $170 million Mega Millions jackpot Sefl said, “Definitely. Just to dream of winning is worth the price of the ticket.”
QUICK MEGA MILLIONS FACTS
- Current jackpot is $170 million with a cash option of $126 million; after withholding: $88.2 million
- Overall odds of winning the jackpot 1:175,711,536
- Mega Millions is a multi-state lottery game played in 42 states plus the District of Columbia and the U. S. Virgin Islands for a total of 44 jurisdictions
- Mega Millions jackpots start at $12 million
- The very first jackpot Mega Millions winning ticket was sold on May 17, 2002, in Chatham, IL and resulted in a $28 million jackpot prize
- Drawings are held Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 p.m. CST
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 www.illinoislottery.com. Players must be at least 18 years old.