Mega Pay Day For Orland Park Grandma!

Wins $250,000 on Illinois Lottery’s Mega Millions game

Helena Dziedzic proudly displays her $250,000 winning Mega Millions ticket.

Helena Dziedzic proudly displays her $250,000 winning Mega Millions ticket.

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Orland Park, IL—May 17, 2013 —Helena Dziedzic has been playing the Illinois Lottery for years and the most she’d ever won was $600. That was until she decided to play Mega Millions. “It was the day before the drawing and it was finally nice outside — a pleasant change from the rain. I was out and about and decided to play Mega Millions because the jackpot was at $126 million,” Dziedzic said. She didn’t win the grand prize, but this lucky Lottery player walked away with $250,000 when she matched the first five numbers — 02 - 20 - 34 - 42 - 54 - (39) — on a Quick Pick in the May 3 Mega Millions drawing. “It’s a nice prize, the most I’ve ever won!” she exclaimed.

The Orland Park resident is a proud grandmother of two; she immediately thought of her grandchildren when she discovered her win. “After I screamed and realized I wasn’t dreaming, I decided to put some cash away into an education fund so my grandbabies can go to college,” Dziedzic said. She also plans to use some of the money to pay for her daughter’s wedding this coming July. “She’s my only child and I want to make sure her day is beautiful,” she said.

Dziedzic purchased her winning ticket at Tinley Corner Store, 9410 179th Street, in Tinley Park. The store will receive a $2,500 bonus, 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket.

The Mega Millions drawing takes place Tuesday and Friday nights at 10:00 p.m. The current estimated jackpot is $190 million. For more information, please


  • 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


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.