Random Numbers Pay Off For River Grove Resident

Wins $150,000 Illinois Lottery Prize

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

River Grove, IL—June 11, 2014 — “I just randomly chose some numbers and used them to play Lucky Day Lotto,” Greg Whalen said when he presented his winning ticket at the Illinois Lottery Prize Center in Des Plaines.  The lucky River Grove resident won the $150,000 jackpot prize when his ticket matched all five numbers – 03 - 07 - 12 - 24 – 27 – in the Wednesday, June 4, Lucky Day Lotto evening drawing.

Whalen purchased his winning ticket at Convenient Foods, 8901 West Grand Avenue in River Grove.  The retailer will receive a $1,500 bonus, equal to 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket.  “I plan to put my winnings in the bank for now,” he said.

Jackpots for Lucky Day Lotto start at $100,000. Drawings are twice a day, seven days a week with an average of 40,000 winners every day. That’s over 250,000 winners in Illinois each week!  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.