Third Store’s The Charm For Chicago Resident

Gladly Misses Bus as Part of $250,000 Illinois Lottery

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Chicago, IL— January 27, 2014 — — “I still can’t believe my third attempt at different stores to buy a Lucky Day Lotto ticket paid off in such a big way!” Venita Thompson said excitedly after winning $250,000 playing Lucky Day Lotto. The Chicago resident was shocked to discover that the numbers on her $1 Quick Pick ticket — 16 - 17 - 20 - 24 - 25 — were an exact match in the January 8 Lucky Day Lotto evening drawing.

Thompson first visited the store she normally shops at, but it was closed. The second store she tried had a very long line of customers so she left. Running behind schedule, she missed her bus. While waiting for the next bus to come along, she went into a nearby store and bought her Lucky Day Lotto ticket. “My third stop was the lucky one. For once, I am so happy I missed my bus!” Thompson said.

The lucky lottery player feels blessed with the win. Her plans for the windfall include investing in her education- a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. When asked if she had any advice for others she said, “Don’t give up!”

The winning ticket was purchased at Loop Mini Mart, 14 West Jackson Boulevard in Chicago. The retailer will receive a $2,500 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


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.