Chicago Resident Wins Three Times in Three Weeks on
Illinois Lottery Crossword Game

For Immediate Release Contact: Karina Rosado

Chicago, IL—April 23, 2014—“I never expected to win - especially not three times!” said Chicago resident Christopher Kaelin, an occasional lottery player who won three times—a total of $276,000—on the same lottery game in three weeks.  Kaelin shared his story with lottery staff when he claimed the top prize on $250,000 Crossword instant ticket at the Illinois Lottery Prize Center in Chicago earlier this month.

The first time he won, Kaelin was on his lunch break when he  bought and scratched a $250,000 Crossword ticket and instantly won $25,000.  “My fiancé and I were so thrilled that I won $25,000, we went out for dinner to celebrate.  When we stopped at a gas station afterward,  I decided to buy another  Crossword instant ticket and won $1,000!”

Kaelin bought his third ticket the following week  when he stopped at  the same store where he had purchased his $25,000 winning ticket and bought another one. He was in his office when he used a key to scratch it and couldn’t believe his eyes.  He had won again!  He rushed to the same Illinois Lottery Prize Center  to confirm his win. “I was in the elevator when I took another look at my ticket and noticed I had the tenth word.  The prize wasn’t $25,000 -- it was $250,000! I was shocked!”

Kaelin, 24, has been working in finance since he graduated from Northern Illinois University.  His plans for the winnings include buying a house, paying off his student loans and paying for his wedding next spring.  When asked if he had any advice for other Lottery players he said, “ Take a chance with your favorite game!”

The $250,000 and $25,000 winning tickets were purchased at Gateway Newstand , 161 North Clark Street in Chicago.  The store will receive a $2,500 bonus for selling the $250,000 winning ticket and a $250 bonus for selling the $25,000 winning ticket. $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 four unclaimed $250,000 prizes in the game.  For more information, please visit


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