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Naperville Player’s Road to Riches With Route 66 Instant Ticket Win

September 2, 2020

CHICAGO – Illinois Lottery player Kathleen Dagis recently found herself on the road to riches after winning $5,000 on her Route 66 “Road to a Million” instant ticket.

The Naperville, Illinois resident initially thought she’d won $500 but soon realized the prize was much larger.

“I started to scratch the ticket and it revealed that I’d won $500 and I was so excited,” said Dagis. “I showed the ticket to my nephew, who told me to scratch the rest because there could be more.” 

Dagis continued scratching. “My nephew looked at the ticket and told me I won $5,000! When I realized he was right, tears of joy came to my eyes. I’ve been playing for 20 years and this is the most I’ve ever won,” she said.

“I was in shock - happy and grateful. l felt it was a blessing from above,” said Dagis, who couldn’t wait to share the winning news with her family. “I contacted my mom and sister who were both so happy for me. They know how much I enjoy playing the Illinois Lottery instant games.”

Dagis said her favorite games to play are instant games and Lotto.

“One time, I won $25 on the Lotto and after I cashed it in at the gas station, I was so excited that I drove away and forgot to pump the gas that I had paid for!” she laughed.

Dagis has been playing the Illinois Lottery for 20 years and says that when it comes to lucky numbers, she follows in the footsteps of family tradition. “Any combination of the number three has been a family tradition and our lucky numbers,” she said.

She also believes in purchasing her tickets at her favorite lottery retailer, Bucky’s Express gas station, 20 E. Ogden Ave. in Naperville, Illinois. “I feel a positive energy when I go there,” said Dagis.

Dagis says that playing the Illinois Lottery is a fun activity that has given her something to look forward to during these unpredictable times. “I would remind other lottery players that they have to play to win,” she said.  “Keep the faith and dreams do come true!”


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.