Right Place, Right Time For Effingham Truck Driver

Wins $200,000 Illinois Lottery Prize

For Immediate Release Contact: Micaela Small 630-486-0658

Effingham, IL— January 30, 2014 — Joseph Binkley was in the right place at the right time when he stopped at a Travel Center of America in Effingham and bought a Reindeer Riches instant lottery ticket. “I wasn’t supposed to be driving through Effingham that night but my route was changed at the last minute.” Binkley was sitting in the cab of his truck when he scratched the ticket and instantly won $200,000.

“When I saw all the zeros as I scratched my ticket, I froze. Then I was shaking and my heart was racing,” Binkley said. He rushed back into the truck stop to have a clerk verify the win, and immediately signed the back of his ticket. While in the store he noticed three buses had arrived and several people were lined up to purchase lottery tickets. “If I had been a minute later, someone else would have bought this winning ticket.”

Binkley, 43, has been a driver for Broadway Express in Effingham for nine years. He plans to save his windfall to buy a house. When asked if he had any advice for other players he said, “Try a ticket because you just never know. I truly was in the right place at the right time.”

The winning ticket was purchased at Travel Centers of America, 1702 West Evergreen Avenue, in Effingham. The retailer will receive a $2,000 bonus, equal to 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket.

Reindeer Riches is a $5 instant ticket with a top prize of $200,000. There is still one prize of $200,000 unclaimed. For more information, please visit


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