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Chicago Resident Wins $1,000,000 Illinois Lottery Prize

July 19, 2018
Luis Rivera holds his winning Million Dollar Payday ticket.


For Immediate Release Contact: Jason Schaumburg (312) 793-3034

CHICAGO, IL — July 19, 2018 — Chicago resident Luis Rivera instantly won $1,000,000 when he scratched a Million Dollar Payday ticket. Rivera has been playing the Illinois Lottery for six years, and said he was in a “state of disbelief” when he discovered he won.

Rivera’s mother and wife didn’t also believe him when he broke the news of his big win to them. He plans to use his winnings to buy a house, as well as support his mother and wife. Rivera’s advice to other lottery players: “Try your luck!”

Rivera purchased his winning ticket at Ozzie’s Liquor and Deli, 11158 W. Grand Ave., in Melrose Park. The retailer received a bonus of $10,000, or one percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket. Million Dollar Payday is a $5 instant ticket with three top prizes of $1,000,000, one of which has not been claimed. For more information, 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