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Prophetstown Resident Wins $356,888 Illinois Lottery Prize

April 4, 2018
Tobias Bloom holds his winning $250,000 Taxes Paid instant ticket.
For Immediate Release Contact: Jason Schaumburg (312) 793-3034

PROPHETSTOWN, IL — April 4, 2018 — Prophetstown resident Tobias Bloom instantly won a $356,888 top prize when he scratched a $250,000 Taxes Paid.

Bloom, an assistant manager at Kay Jewelers, was on quite the lucky streak. He won $1,500 in a Mega Millions drawing the week before his big instant win. He has been playing the Illinois Lottery for 29 years and plans to use his winnings to buy a new car, install solar panels on his deck and take a trip to Florida with his wife.

Bloom purchased his winning $250,000 Taxes Paid ticket at BP, 2301 John Deere Road, in Carbon Cliff. The retailer received a bonus of $2,500, or one percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket. The $250,000 Taxes Paid Ticket is a $5 instant ticket with four top prizes of $356,888, two of which have not been claimed. For more information, please visit


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