Persistence Pays Off for Petersburg Woman

Wins $150,000 Illinois Lottery Prize

For Immediate Release Contact: Mike Lang 217-524-5158

Petersburg, IL—July 16, 2014 — Persistence paid off to the tune of $150,000 for long-time central Illinois Lottery player Stacey Ross.  The rural Petersburg woman, who has been playing the Lottery for more than two decades, recently won $150,000 playing Lucky Day Lotto.  Ross won the jackpot prize when her Quick Pick ticket matched all five numbers – 09 - 14 - 23 - 28 – 31 – in the Saturday, July 5 evening drawing.

Ross, 58, has three adult sons and two grandsons.  She plans to invest the bulk of her Lottery prize--$105,000 after required state and federal withholding—for retirement.   

Ross is a frequent customer at the store where she bought her ticket, New Salem Fast Stop, 14178 State Highway 97, near Petersburg. She went to the store on Sunday after the previous night’s drawing and was told by an employee the store had just sold a $150,000 winner.  She immediately went home to retrieve and check her Lucky Day Lotto ticket at, which indicated she had the winner.

“I let out a little scream when I saw I won,” said Ross, adding that sleep was hard to come by that evening.  The following day she drove to the Illinois Lottery Prize Center in Springfield, and confirmed her win. Ross will receive her prize in about four weeks, which will give her time to finalize her investment strategy.  When asked what advice she’d give Lottery players, Ross said, “Be persistent; it can pay off!”

Today, Lottery officials presented Ross an oversized, commemorative check for $150,000. The store will receive a $1,500 bonus for selling the winning ticket, equal to 1 percent of the prize.

Lucky Day Lotto drawings are twice a day, seven days a week and now offer bigger and better prizes for the same price, with the same draw times. 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.