Lucky April Fools’ Day for Gurnee Resident

Wins $50,000 Illinois Lottery Prize

For Immediate Release Contact: Micaela Small

Gurnee, IL—May 9, 2014 — “I thought April Fools’ Day might be a particularly lucky day for me and it was!” Mary Kazimer said when she presented her winning Lucky Day Lotto ticket Tuesday at the Illinois Lottery Prize Center in Des Plaines.  The lucky Gurnee resident won $50,000 when her Quick Pick ticket matched all five numbers – 05 - 19 - 21 - 22 – 31 – in the April 1 Lucky Day Lotto midday drawing.

Kazimer is married with two children.  She has lived in Gurnee for 13 years.  When asked about her plans for the windfall she said, “We will use some of it for minor home improvements and we might go on a trip to Hawaii!”

An occasional lottery player, Kazimer said she plays Lucky Day Lotto every few months.  She bought her winning ticket at The Pride of Lake County, 20915 North Quentin Road in Lake Zurich.  Two winning tickets shared the April 1 midday drawing $100,000 jackpot.  The other $50,000 winning ticket was also a Quick Pick and was purchased at Morand’s Liquors, 10516 South Western Avenue in Chicago.  The retailers will both receive a $500 bonus, equal to 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning tickets.

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


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