Husband’s Advice Pays Off For Chicago Resident

Wins $1 million Illinois Lottery Prize

Carmen Luz de Borjas with her oversized check

Carmen Luz de Borjas with her oversized check

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Chicago, IL—January 9, 2013 — Carmen Luz de Borjas couldn’t have taken better advice from her husband. “My husband felt something good was going to happen so he suggested I buy a lottery ticket. I am so glad I listened to him!” said the Mexican native after winning a $1million top prize playing an Illinois Lottery$250,000,000 Cash Spectacular instant ticket.

In preparation for the New Year celebration, Borjas was out running errands when she purchased a $250,000,000 Cash Spectacular instant ticket and took it home to scratch. After discovering she won, Borjas stayed up until 3am waiting for her husband to arrive from work to share the good news. “I had to let him know his gut feeling was right!”

Both Borjas, 49, and her husband Rafael work in manufacturing. They have two sons, ages 19 and 25. Her plans for the windfall include donating to St. Jude’s Children Hospital, helping her nephew with his cancer treatment and supporting her family in Mexico. “To me the most important thing in life is to be healthy,” she said.

Borjas bought her winning ticket at Rite Liquors, 1649 West Division Street, in Chicago. Today, Illinois Lottery officials presented Borjas a ceremonial check for $1million and Rite Liquors a ceremonial check for $10,000, their bonus for selling the winning ticket. After required state and federal withholding, Borjas will receive $700,000.


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.