“You Only Need One Ticket to Win!”

Mount Prospect Resident Wins $1million Illinois Lottery Prize

For Immediate Release Contact: Micaela Small

Mount Prospect, IL— February 20, 2014— “It’s true, you only need one ticket to win the lottery,” Bradley Virta said after winning a $1million Powerball  prize.  The lucky Mount Prospect resident’s Quick Pick ticket matched the first five numbers – 09 – 33 - 54 - 56 - 57 - (05) - in the Saturday October 19 Powerball drawing.

Virta discovered his win when he checked the winning numbers on  “I waited to get some professional financial advice before I claimed my prize.”  He plans to use the windfall to buy a house and invest for retirement.  

An occasional Powerball player, Virta bought his winning ticket at 7-Eleven, 606 West North Highway in Mount Prospect.  The retailer received a $10,000 bonus, 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket.  

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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.