Dream Comes True for Chicago Bride-to-Be Wins $250,000 Illinois Lottery Prize

For Immediate Release Contact: Karina Rosado

Chicago, IL – February 28, 2014 – “This is a dream come true!  Because of this lottery win I can officially set a date and invite all of our family members to our wedding!” said Latisa Taylor when she presented her winning Hit or Miss ticket at the Illinois Lottery Prize Center in Chicago.  The lucky Chicago resident won $250,000 when the numbers on her Quick Pick ticket matched all 12 numbers - 02 - 04 - 06 - 07 - 10 - 11 - 16 - 19 - 20 - 21 - 23 - 24 – (04) in the Monday, February 3 Hit or Miss 12:40pm drawing.

“I played Hit or Miss because I saw the television commercial and thought I should try my luck with a new game.” Two days after the drawing Taylor and her fiancé were out getting pizza when they checked the winning Hit or Miss numbers.  “When the cashier told us we won ‘two fifty’ we were excited to get our $250, but when he said he meant $250,000, we flew out the door leaving our pizza behind!”  

Taylor, 44, works in the catering industry.  She plans to use the windfall to pay for her wedding this June.  She and her fiancé are “thrilled” they can now invite all 15 of their brothers and sisters.  The couple may also use some of the windfall to buy a new house.   

The winning ticket was purchased at G&F Produce & Meat, 7141 South State Street, in Chicago.  The retailer received $2,500, 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket.

Hit or Miss began on September 22 and costs $2 per game. Players win cash by matching 8 to 12 numbers --or matching 0 to 4 numbers—of the 12 numbers selected (from 24 total) for each drawing. Players who win a $250,000 top prize can win an additional 20 annual payments of $100,000 by matching The Good Life number—a randomly generated number from 1 to 5. That’s a total potential prize of $2.25 million!

Drawings take place four times a day, seven days a week at 10:30 a.m., 12:40 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 9:22 p.m. Winning numbers are displayed on


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