Chicago Mom and Son Celebrate Mother’s Day
with $2.5million Illinois Lottery Win

For Immediate Release Contact: Karina Rosado
(773) 569-1342

Chicago, IL— May 8, 2014 — This Mother’s Day will be extra special for one mother in particular- Daniel Stojak’s mom, Shirley. “Thanks to my mother, I won $2,500,000!  I am planning something super special for her on Mother’s Day!” he said after winning a top prize on an Illinois Lottery $2,500,000 Jackpot instant ticket.

Believing his mom is his good luck charm, Stojak asked her to buy him an instant lottery ticket on April Fools’ Day. Shirley decided to buy him a new game, $2,500,000 Jackpot. When she called him at work to tell him he’d won, he thought it was an April Fools’ joke and didn’t believe her.

That evening Stojak kept staring at the ticket, constantly readjusting his glasses to make sure his eyes weren’t playing tricks on him. “I went on and when I saw the ticket there, I knew it was real!” he said. He immediately signed the back of the ticket and put it in a safe.  After taking time to make financial plans, Stojak present his $2,500,000 winning ticket at the Illinois Lottery Prize Center in Des Plaines.

Stojak is 46 years old and comes from a Polish and Ukrainian family. He works for a carpentry and restoration company in Lincolnwood. He plans to share the Lottery windfall with his mother. “She is an amazing mother, I’m so happy I can help her.” He also plans to take a vacation.  When asked if he had advice for other lottery players Stojak said, “You have to play to win.”  

The winning ticket was purchased at Jewel Osco, 5667 West Touhy Avenue, in Niles. The retailer will receive a $25,000 bonus, equal to 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket. Today, Illinois Lottery officials presented Stojak a ceremonial check for his $2,250,000 prize and Jewel Osco a ceremonial check for their $25,000 bonus. Stojak chose the cash option of $1,500,000, prior to withholding taxes

$2,500,000 Jackpot is a $10 instant ticket.  Three of the top prizes of $2,500,000 have not yet been claimed.  For more information, please visit


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