Chicago Groom Celebrates $350,000 Illinois Lottery Win

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Chicago, IL— January 29, 2014 — “What a way for me and my fiancé to start the New Year!” Melvin Flowers said when he presented his winning Lucky Day LottoQuick Pick ticket at the Illinois Lottery Prize Center in Chicago. The lucky Chicago resident won a $350,000 jackpot prize when the numbers on his ticket— 05 — 07 — 13 — 27 — 29 — were an exact match in the January 2 Lucky Day Lotto evening drawing.

Flowers, 56, works as a machine operator for a printing company. He and his fiancé got engaged in 2013 and plan to get married sometime this year. “This prize will not only pay for the wedding but also help us achieve our financial goals. We are extremely grateful.” When asked if he had advice for other lottery players Flowers said, “Keep playing and believe you can win. If it can happen to us, it can happen to you!”

The winning ticket was purchased at Captain Fresh Farm, 1001 South 9th Avenue in Maywood. The retailer will receive a $3,500 bonus, equal to 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket.

Jackpots for Lucky Day Lotto start at $100,000. Drawings are twice a day, seven days a week with over 40,000 winners every day. That’s over 250,000 winners in Illinois every week! For more information, please visit


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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.