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Fast Play® Friday: Arlington Heights Player Wins $5,000 on Illinois Jackpot

December 11, 2020

CHICAGO—They say one good turn deserves another—but does one lottery win bring another? John Pisors of Arlington Heights recently won $5,000 on the Illinois Lottery’s fastest game, Fast Play, all because he was inspired by another player’s win.

Pisors is an occasional Illinois Lottery player who decided to try his hand at Fast Play after seeing news of another winner in his area.

“The reason I tried the game that day was because I was at the Red Rooster and saw a ticket posted where someone won $500, so I thought that I may as well give it a try myself,” Pisors said. “This is only my second time playing.”

Pisors purchased his ticket from Red Rooster at 1628 W Northwest Hwy in Arlington Heights but it wasn’t until two days later that he realized what he had purchased.

“I was with a couple of buddies and decided to take out my ticket and look at it,” said Pisors. “I saw I had three sevens and I said, ‘I got a winner!’ I didn’t realize what the prize payout was until I looked at the bottom and I couldn’t believe it!”

“I had to have everybody look at it too,” he laughed. “I brought it to Red Rooster to scan and, sure enough, $5,000.”

Pisors is going to share his winnings with his wife and children and put the rest of the money toward continuing one of his favorite annual vacations.

“I go to Green Lake, Wisconsin on a golf trip with some work buddies every year, so I won’t break tradition,” he said.

When asked what it’s like to win $5,000, there’s no doubt that “it feels great,” Pisors said.


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.