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Chicago Resident Wins $950,000 Jackpot

January 18, 2018
For Immediate Release Contact: Jason Schaumburg (312) 793-3034

CHICAGO, IL — January 18, 2018 — Recent retiree Jimmy Darling of Chicago won a $950,000 jackpot when his Lucky Day Lotto ticket matched all five winning numbers – 05-08-18-21-43 – in the Thursday, November 30, 2017, midday drawing.

“You can’t win if you don’t play!” said Darling, who has been playing the Illinois Lottery for fun since it began in 1974. He plans to use his winnings to fulfill his dream of buying a lake home so he can spend more time fishing and enjoying sunsets with his wife.

Darling purchased his winning Lucky Day Lotto ticket at Citgo8258 S. King Drive, in Chicago. The retailer received a bonus of $9,500, or one percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket. Lucky Day Lotto drawings are twice a day and seven days a week. For more information or to subscribe online, please visit


About Illinois Lottery

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $20 billion (since 1985) 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 services, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, Special Olympics and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for all draw-based Illinois Lottery games at Players must be at least 18 years old