Last Minute Ticket Turns into a Million Dollars
22-Year Old Warrenville Resident Wins Mega Millions Prize
|For Immediate Release||
Contact: Karina Rosado
Warrenville, IL—February X, 2014— “I was putting gas in my car when I realized I had not played my regular Quick Pick ticket for the next Mega Millions drawing,” said Albert Overton after winning $1 million dollars. After fueling his car, the lucky Warrenville resident went back inside the BP station to buy a Mega Millions ticket that would match the first five numbers – 11 - 29 - 44 - 63 – 64- (3) - in the Friday, December 6 Mega Millions drawing, netting him a cool $ 1million. “I am so glad I remembered to get my ticket!”
Overton, 22, is originally from Chicago. “I am very close to my dad so I am going to share this prize with him.” He also plans to use this windfall to complete his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. His advice for other lottery players is to play responsibly.
The winning ticket was purchased at Roosevelt BP, 7140 West Roosevelt in Oak Park. The retailer received a $10,000 bonus, equal to 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket. Overton’s check will total $700,000 after required state and federal withholding.
Last October, the Mega Millions minimum jackpot increased from $12 million to $15 million, and grows by at least $5 million after each drawing in which the jackpot is not won. The Mega Millions second prize increased from $250,000 to $1million, and the overall odds of winning any prize improved to 1 in 14.7--all for the familiar $1 price. For more information, please visit illinoislottery.com.
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.
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 www.illinoislottery.com. Players must be at least 18 years old.