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Grandparents’ Anniversary Brings Back-To-Back Wins for Lisle Lottery Player

August 26, 2020

CHICAGO – An Illinois Lottery player from Lisle scooped two Pick prizes, two weeks in a row, using special numbers celebrating her late grandparents' wedding anniversary.

One week before July 16, the date of her grandparents’ anniversary, the player decided to buy a ticket to celebrate that date.

“I just had a good feeling about it,” said the player, who wishes to remain anonymous, as she had recently been learning more about her ancestry online and was very interested in family history and special dates for her family. “I was thinking about my grandparents, who helped raise me and we were very close.”

The player then chose the numbers of her grandparents’ anniversary, 7-1-6, and purchased her Pick 3 ticket online through the Illinois lottery app.  Not long after the draw, she received an email notifying her that her lucky numbers had won.

“I won $290 on 716,” she said. Then the following week, the player’s grandparents provided a little extra luck again.

“My grandparents were married on July 16, 1941,” she said. “So on the exact anniversary day, I played Pick 4 with the year they were married, 1-9-4-1, and I won again!”  

The player’s special numbers brought home another win for a second week in a row: a $1,080 prize.

She was excited to surprise her family with the news, who all gathered at home to celebrate the moment with some takeout and quality time.

“They were excited about the win since we had been talking so much about our ancestry lately.”

Pick 3 and Pick 4 drawings are conducted daily at 12:40 PM and 9:22 PM CST and are available for viewing on the Daily Drawings page and the Illinois Lottery YouTube channel. For more information, visit


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.