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Wins $100,000 in Illinois Lottery St. Patrick’s Day Millionaire Raffle

For Immediate Release Contact: Micaela Small

Aurora, IL – March 24, 2014—The first and only time Jose Estrada bought a ticket for the Illinois Lottery’s St. Patrick’s Day Millionaire Raffle, he won $100,000.  “I bought my ticket on a whim.  I never expected to win a big prize!” the lucky Aurora resident said when he presented his winning Raffle ticket at the Illinois Lottery Prize Center in Rockford.

Estrada, 33, is married with three children.  His plans for the windfall include investing and taking a family trip to Florida.   “We’ve never been to Walt Disney World and my kids really want to go.”  Estrada may also use some of the money to indulge in his favorite pastime; watching Chicago Bears football games.  “I’ve been a Bears fan my entire life.  Because of this lottery win, I might treat myself to season tickets!”

The winning St. Patrick’s Day Millionaire Raffle ticket – number 373937 - was purchased at Jewel Osco, 13460 South Route 59 in Plainfield.  The store received a bonus of $1,000 for selling the winning raffle ticket.

The St. Patrick’s Day Millionaire Raffle offered four $1 million prizes, five $100,000 prizes, and 500 $1,000 prizes. A total of 509 winning tickets were drawn on March 18, 2014.  The four $1million prize winning tickets were purchased in Bloomingdale, Decatur, Gillespie and Collinsville.  Lottery players who purchased a St. Patrick’s Day Millionaire Raffle ticket can check the Lottery website, or visit one of the Lottery’s 8,200 retailers across the state to see if they are one of the 509 lucky winners.

Raffle tickets cost $20 and were sold in sequential order at Lottery retailers.   Winners can claim their prizes at one of five Illinois Lottery Prize Centers located in Chicago, Des Plaines, Fairview Heights, Rockford and Springfield.  Raffle winners have one year from the drawing date to claim their prize.


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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.