Lindenhurst Resident Wins $250,000 Playing Illinois Lottery’s ‘Hit or Miss’ Game

For Immediate Release Contact: Micaela Small

Lindenhurst, IL – March 4, 2014 – “When I saw that I matched all 12 numbers, my heart started racing and I actually got dizzy!”  Patrick Maki said when he presented his winning Hit or Miss ticket at the Illinois Lottery Prize Center in Des Plaines.  The lucky Lindenhurst resident won $250,000 when he “hit” the first 12 numbers  - 01 - 02 - 03 - 05 - 08 - 10 - 11 - 14 - 18 - 19 - 20 – 21 – (05), in the Tuesday, February 18, 6:30pm Hit or Miss drawing.

Later that same night, Maki checked the winning Hit or Miss numbers on  He woke everyone in the house to tell them he won.  “I’ve often joked with my family that I was going to win the lottery, so when I actually won they didn’t believe me!”   Maki, 24, lives with his parents and two siblings.  He plans to share his Hit or Miss prize with them.

His plans for the windfall also include paying off student loans.  Maki, currently unemployed, attained a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and Business Administration at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  “I financed my entire education and had no idea my student loans would be so high after college.  Because of this lottery win I can pay them off completely!”

The winning Quick Pick ticket was purchased at Sam’s Mobil, 2200 East Grand Avenue, in Lindenhurst.  The retailer received a bonus of $2,500, 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket.

Hit or Miss began on September 22 and costs $2 per game. Players win cash by matching 8 to 12 numbers --or matching 0 to 4 numbers—of the 12 numbers selected (from 24 total) for each drawing. Players that win a $250,000 top prize can win an additional 20 annual payments of $100,000 by matching The Good Life number—a randomly generated number from 1 to 5. That’s a total potential prize of $2.25 million!

Drawings take place four times a day, seven days a week at 10:30 a.m., 12:40 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 9:22 p.m. Winning numbers are displayed on


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