Itasca Dad Wins $250,000 Illinois Lottery Prize

For Immediate Release Contact: Karina Rosado

Itasca, IL—March 4, 2014— “I plan to pay for college for my children,” Kenneth Jakubzak said when asked what he plans to do with his $250,000 Illinois Lottery windfall.  The lucky Itasca resident won $250,000 with a Lucky Day Lotto Quick Pick when the numbers on his ticket – 03 - 06 - 16 - 17 – 28 – were an exact match in the Wednesday, February 19 evening drawing.

Jakubzak, 66, works as a currency trader and is a lifetime resident of Itasca. He is married with two children. His 22 year-old daughter recently graduated from the University of Iowa and plans to go to medical school while his 21-year old son is still in college. “My priority is to help my children fulfill their educational aspirations.” When asked if he had any advice for other players he said, “Don’t give up!”

A regular Lucky Day Lotto player, Jakubzak said his largest win prior to this was $100. He was at 7-Eleven, 1156 South York Road in Bensenville buying groceries with his daughter when she reminded him to get his Lucky Day Lotto ticket.  The retailer will receive a $2,500 bonus, equal to 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket.

Jackpots for Lucky Day Lotto start at $100,000. Drawings are twice a day, seven days a week with over 40,000 winners every day. That’s over 250,000 winners in Illinois every week!  For more information, please visit


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