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Barrington Player Wins Big First Time Playing Illinois Lottery Instant Tickets

August 12, 2020

$1,000 ‘Ultimate Millions’ Instant Win for Chicago Suburb Player

CHICAGO – The theory of beginners luck was certainly true for Illinois Lottery player Jeglett Byrd, who won $1,000 playing the first Instant ticket that she ever bought. 

Byrd is a Barrington resident who has been playing Illinois Lottery draw games for over 20 years, and her go-to game of choice is Pick 4. 

“Recently, I decided to buy an instant ticket for the first time because it seemed like a good way to pass the time,” she said “I didn’t expect to win on my first try.” 

That evening, Byrd was sitting at home watching television, when she decided to scratch the Ultimate Millions instant ticket bought in-store earlier that day. When she saw that one of her numbers matched the number with the prize value of $1,000, she realized that her lucky moment was happening.

“I started jumping up and down when I saw that I won, I couldn’t believe it,” Byrd said. “I called my daughter right away to double check that I wasn’t seeing things.” 

When asked what she will do with her prize money, Byrd said, “I am planning on saving it for when my family and I can go out and do something fun together.”

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 illinoislottery.com. Players must be at least 18 years old.