Superstition Pays Off for Elgin Resident

Wins $200,000 Illinois Lottery Prize

For Immediate Release Contact: Karina Rosado

Elgin, IL—March 19, 2014 — “Throughout the day I had been noticing the No. 5 everywhere I looked. I knew it was a sign that something good was going to happen.  I actually won playing a $5 instant ticket with a $5 bill!”  Jesus Garcia told Illinois Lottery staff when he presented his $200,000 winning Joker’s Wild instant ticket at the Prize Center in Chicago.

After work, the Elgin resident was visiting a gas station with a few co-workers when he bought his ticket.  After scratching it in the car using a key they all began to cheer when they saw the number 200 on the ticket. When Garcia finished scratching the ticket and discovered he had won a $200,000 top prize, they all froze and became silent.  “I was so nervous I called my supervisor immediately to ask him what to do. I followed his advice and rushed to a bank to place the ticket in a safety deposit box!”  

Garcia, 27, has been working in the construction industry in Illinois for the past eight years. His plans for the windfall include opening a savings account and traveling to his native country of Mexico to help his family financially. “I want to surprise my parents and my four brothers. I will let them know they can count on me for support.”

The winning ticket was purchased at 7-Eleven, 1230 West Spring Street in South Elgin. The retailer will receive a $2,000 bonus, 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling a winning ticket.

Joker’s Wild is a $5 instant ticket with over $5million in prizes and a top prize of $200,000. There is still one top prize of $200,000 available to be won.  For more information, please visit


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