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Spectacular Payday for Chicago Resident

Wins $1million Illinois Lottery Prize

Howerd Petersen holds his ceremonial check

Howerd Petersen holds his ceremonial check

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

Chicago, IL—June 4, 2014— “Every payday I treat myself to a $250,000,000 Cash Spectacular instant ticket, but I never really expect to win.  I still don’t believe it!” Howerd Petersen said when Illinois Lottery officials presented him a ceremonial check for $1million.

The Chicago factory worker instantly became a millionaire when, on payday, he stopped at his local 7-Eleven convenience store and bought a $250,000,000 Cash Spectacular instant ticket.  “I used a nickel to scratch it and when I realized I won, I was shocked.  I signed the back of my ticket right away,” he said.  Petersen plans share the windfall with his mother and brother and invest for retirement.

The winning ticket was purchased at 7-Eleven, 4859 North Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago.  7-Eleven will receive a bonus of $10,000, equal to 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket.  $250,000,000 Cash Spectacular offers $250,000,000 in prizes, including 30 top prizes of $1 million.  17 prizes of $1million have not yet been claimed.  For more information, please visit www.illinoislottery.com.

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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 www.illinoislottery.com. Players must be at least 18 years old.

 



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