Sycamore Resident Cleans Up!
Wins $1million Illinois Lottery Prize

Ahmad Qarah holds his $1million winning ticket

Ahmad Qarah holds his $1million winning ticket

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

Sycamore, IL—August 26, 2014— Sometimes, it pays to be clean and neat!  Ahmad Qarah was cleaning his desk when he came across a Mega Millions ticket he bought a week and a half ago.  The lucky Sycamore resident looked up the winning numbers on-line, checked them against his ticket, and realized that he was $1million richer.  The numbers on Qarah’s Quick Pick ticket matched the first five numbers – 16 - 19 - 28 – 29 - 68 - (09) – to win $1million in the Friday August 15 Mega Millions drawing. 

“My mom always said that I was such a good son, I deserved to win the lottery.  But I never thought I actually would!”  Qarah, 27, is married with two children.  He plans to share the windfall with his parents and buy a new house in Sycamore.  “We’ve lived in Sycamore for two years and plan to stay, we really like it here.”

Qarah was in Macomb visiting friends when he stopped at Casey’s General Store, 1002 East Jackson Street, to get gas and a Mega Millions ticket.  An occasional Lottery player, Qarah said, “I really bought my ticket on a whim.  Once in a while I buy a Powerball ticket, but I have only played Mega Millions a few times.”  Casey’s received a $10,000 bonus, 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket.  

The estimated jackpot prize for tonight’s Mega Millions drawing is $15 million.  Overall odds of winning any Mega Millions prize are 1 in 14.7.  Base tickets cost $1.  For more information, please visit

Mega Millions is currently played in 45 jurisdictions: 43 states plus Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are Tuesday and Friday evenings at 11:00 Eastern Time, 10:00 Central Time, 9:00 Mountain Time and 8:00 Pacific Time.  Profits from every Mega Millions ticket sold in Illinois remain in Illinois.


About Illinois Lottery

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $18 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.