“Believe it can happen!”

Chicago Resident Wins $200,000 Illinois Lottery prize now plus $2,000-a-week-for-20-years

For Immediate Release Contact: Karina Rosado 773-569-1342

Chicago, IL—June 10, 2014— Pedro Villa was grocery shopping when he decided to buy a 20 Years of Cash $2,000 A Week  instant lottery ticket.  “I saw the name of the game and pictured how great my life would be if I won $2,000 a week for 20 years. I never imagined it would become reality!” said the lucky Chicago resident after winning a top prize of $200,000 instantly plus $2,000 a week for 20 years.   

After buying the 20 Years of Cash $2,000 a Week ticket, Villa went home to prepare lunch. While waiting for his meal to warm up, he sat at the kitchen table and used a nickel to scratch the ticket.  “When I saw the prize I couldn’t believe it. I grabbed my keys and went straight to the Prize Center in Chicago to confirm it was real. I was so excited I forgot to eat my lunch!”  

Villa, 54, is originally from Mexico and has been living and working in the Chicago manufacturing industry for over 30 years. He is married with three daughters and one son.  Plans for the windfall include sharing it with his family.  “This win is for all of us to enjoy,” said Villa with a smile.  When asked what advice he would give other lottery players he said, “Believe it can happen!”

Villa’s 20 Years of Cash $2,000 A Week prize works out to $200,000 now plus annual installments of $104,000 for 20 years (totaling $2,280,000 prior to required withholding).  The winning ticket was purchased at North Pulaski Fresh Market, 3850 West North Avenue in Chicago.  For selling the winning ticket, North Pulaski Fresh Market will receive a bonus of $22,800, equal to 1 percent of the prize amount.  

20 Years of Cash tickets are available at four price points--$1, $2, $5 and $10--with top prizes, respectively, of $1,000, $2,000, $5,000 and $10,000 a week for 20 years (prizes paid quarterly). In addition to the annuitized prizes, 20 Years of Cash grand prize winners also receive an immediate payment of $100,000, $200,000, $500,000 or $1,000,000, depending on which of the four games was purchased.

Grand prize winners in each the four games will receive the following total prize money (subject to federal and state withholding): 

·         $1 game: $1,140,000

·         $2 game: $2,280,000

·         $5 game: $5,700,000

·         $10 game: $11,400,000


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.