A Cup of Coffee and Half a Million Dollars!

Naperville Resident Wins $500,000 Illinois Lottery Prize

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

Naperville, IL— July 22, 2014 — “I sat down with a cup of coffee to play my Rockin’ Bingo ticket and when I saw that I won half a million dollars I was shocked!  I jumped up and nearly spilled my coffee!” Darren Dixon said when he presented his $500,000 winning Rockin’ Bingo instant ticket at the Illinois Lottery Prize Center in Des Plaines.

The lucky Naperville resident was at home when he scratched his winning ticket.  “I really enjoy playing this game because there are 10 bingo cards on the ticket and it takes a while to scratch and find out if you won.”   He plans to use the windfall to pay bills, pay off his mortgage and invest.  When asked if he had any advice for other players he said, “Try your luck with a ticket because I am proof that you really can win.”

Dixon bought his winning ticket at Bucky’s Express, 1304 Plainfield Road in Naperville.  The retailer will receive a $5,000 bonus, 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket. 

Rockin’ Bingo is a $10 instant ticket with a top prize of $500,000. There are still four Rockin’ Bingo top prizes of $500,000 available to be won.  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.