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South Elgin Player Cashes $50,000 Jackpot Instant Ticket Prize

November 4, 2020

SOUTH ELGIN – Kristina Rothert is one of the latest Illinois Lottery players to cash in on a big win from the Jackpot family of instant ticket games. The South Elgin local was about to order a post-dinner dessert, when she realized she had just won an even sweeter treat - $50,000 cash.

“When I found out that I won I was in the Dairy Queen drive thru and I was about to order an Oreo Blizzard for myself and an Orange Julius for my husband,” said Rothert. “My reaction when I found out that I won was ‘O-M-G’, I was shocked.” 

“I was by myself in the car scratching and when I got to the third number I saw that it was a match, and then I saw the prize amount.”

What Rothert revealed was a $10,000 prize followed by four additional matches, which brought her total Jackpot instant ticket win to $50,000.

“I was in complete disbelief,” says Rothert, who says the first person she told was her husband. “I told him to read the whole ticket and at first he thought the prize was $10,000 too. I told him to look at the rest of the ticket again and he asked ‘is this for real?’,” she laughed.

The $50,000 winner, who works for a mortgage credit reporting agency, recently celebrated her win by purchasing a brand new fully loaded SUV. “It’s really nice and even has a panoramic sunroof,” she says. “I also shared my winnings with my husband and daughter, and saved the rest for when I need it.”

This winning ticket was purchased at her lucky store, Conway Tobacco at 1155 W. Spring Street in South Elgin, which she frequently visits and describes the retailer, Shawn, as being really nice. 

Rothert has been a fan of the Illinois Lottery for the past 10 years, and she shared that instant tickets are amongst her favorite games to both play and gift. 

“I was really excited to win, and I like to stuff holiday stockings with instant tickets in hopes that everyone can get a chance to win,” says Rothert.


About the Illinois Lottery:

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $21 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 homelessness prevention, Illinois Veterans services, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, Special Olympics, police memorials 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.