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DeKalb Resident Wins $75,000 Illinois Lottery Prize

March 22, 2018
Bruce Chennell holds his winning Ultimate Crossword ticket
For Immediate Release Contact: Jason Schaumburg (312) 793-3034

DEKALB, IL — March 22, 2018 — Bruce Chennell of DeKalb instantly won a $75,000 prize when he scratched an Ultimate Crossword ticket. Chennell has played the Illinois Lottery for decades, but this is his biggest win, he said. He plans to use his winnings for his daughter’s wedding and to take a European river cruise with his wife. 

Chennell purchased his winning ticket at FAS Mart, 933 S. 4th St., in DeKalb. The retailer received a bonus of $750, or one percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket. Ultimate Crossword is a $25 instant ticket featuring 10 top prizes of $750,000 and 100 prizes of $75,000. There are still six unclaimed $75,000 prizes. For more information, please visit


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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