What a Wedding Gift!

Taylorville Newlyweds Hit the Jackpot, Win $20.25 million Illinois Lottery Prize

Steve and Wilma Durbin hold their oversized $20,250,000 check

Steve and Wilma Durbin hold their oversized $20,250,000 check

For Immediate Release Contact: Mike Lang 217-524-5158
Micaela Small 630-486-0658

Taylorville, IL – April 17, 2014 – Less than two weeks after his wedding, Taylorville resident Steve Durbin became the Illinois Lottery’s newest millionaire.  Durbin won the $20,250,000 Lotto jackpot when the numbers on his Quick Pick ticket matched all six numbers -01 – 07 – 09 – 21 – 22 – 32 – in the Thursday April 10 drawing.  “First I married Wilma, then I won the Lottery; I feel like I hit the jackpot twice!”

While buying groceries at Kroger the day before the drawing, Durbin decided to buy 10 Lotto Quick Picks.   “I buy a Lotto ticket a few times a year.”  The day after the drawing he sat down at his desk, turned on his computer and checked the winning numbers at  “I saw that the big winning ticket was sold in Taylorville, and then I saw that the numbers on the screen matched the first line of numbers on my ticket.  It was shocking.”

Durbin, 69, is retired from the Illinois Department of Corrections.  After dating for two and a half years, he and his bride Wilma were married Saturday March 29.  When asked about their plans for the windfall Durbin said, “Spend some, share some and save some.”

The winning ticket was purchased at Kroger, 201 East Bidwell Street in Taylorville.  The retailer will receive a bonus of $202,500, 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket.  Today, Illinois Lottery officials presented Durbin a ceremonial check for his $20,250,000 prize; Kroger received a ceremonial check for its $202,500 selling bonus.  Durbin chose to take the cash option of $11,631,255.75, which is subject to state and federal withholding.

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