Illinois Lottery Prize Is ‘In The Bag’!

Lombard Resident wins $1million Playing Mega Millions

Elizabeth Parker with her $1,000,000 winning Mega Millions ticket.

Elizabeth Parker with her $1,000,000 winning Mega Millions ticket.

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Lombard, IL— January 31, 2013 — When Elizabeth Parker discovered she had won $1million, she knew exactly what she would do with her winnings. “I’ll be very responsible with this money but I am going to splurge on one thing… I’ve always wanted a designer handbag!” The lucky Lombard resident became $1million richer Christmas Eve when her $1 Quick Pick ticket matched the first five numbers — 23 - 34 - 53 - 58 - 73- (02) — in the Tuesday December 24 Mega Millionsdrawing.

Parker was at a gas station when she decided to cash in some winning Illinois Lottery instant tickets. “I had won a total of $25 on scratch tickets I received as Christmas gifts.” As she took the tickets out of her wallet, she noticed her Mega Millions ticket. She checked it using the self-service scanner and the message ‘file a claim’ appeared on the screen. “I asked the clerk to confirm my prize amount and I couldn’t believe it!” Parker immediately signed the back of her ticket and returned it to her non-designer handbag!

A regular Mega Millions player, Parker said she buys one $1 Quick Pick ticket every week. Her plans for the windfall include paying off student loans and investing. She bought her winning ticket at Jewel, 1177 South Main Street in Lombard. The retailer received a $10,000 bonus, 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket.

Starting last October, the Mega Millions minimum jackpot increased from $12 million to $15 million, and will grow by at least $5 million after each drawing in which the jackpot is not won. The Mega Millions second prize increased from $250,000 to $1million, and the overall odds of winning any prize improved to 1 in 14.7--all for the still-current $1 price. For more information, please visit

Mega Millions is currently played in 45 jurisdictions: 43 states plus Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are Tuesday and Friday evenings at 11:00 Eastern Time, 10:00 Central Time, 9:00 Mountain Time and 8:00 Pacific Time. Profits from every Mega Millions ticket sold in Illinois remain in Illinois.


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.