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November 8th, 2021

CHICAGO, Nov. 8, 2021 – An Illinois Lottery retailer in Columbia strikes again.  For the second time in less than two years, the Red Roof Liquor & Lottery store in Monroe County has sold another Lucky Day Lotto® jackpot winning ticket.  

The store, located at 301 Southport Drive in Columbia, sold a $500,000 jackpot winning Lucky Day Lotto ticket in the Saturday, November 6, evening drawing.

A single winning ticket matched all five numbers, 1 - 6 - 8 - 34 - 43, to win the jackpot. 

This follows another recent win in the middle of last year, when another Lucky Day Lotto player struck it rich after buying their ticket at the Red Roof Liquor & Lottery store. The owner of the store says he can’t believe his luck. 

“We sold a $1.2 million winning Lucky Day Lotto ticket in April 2020 and I didn’t think it could happen to us again so soon, but I’m pretty happy it did,” said Sanjay Patel, Owner of the Red Roof Liquor & Lottery in Columbia.

“I don’t have a clue as to who might have bought the $500,000 winning jackpot ticket but I hope it’s someone that frequently shops at our store,” added Patel. 

For selling the winning ticket, Patel will receive a bonus of $5,000, one percent of the prize amount.  With his winning bonus, Patel plans to spruce up the inside of his store.

More than 17,713 other prizes, ranging from $1 to $200, were won in last Saturday evening’s Lucky Day Lotto drawing. In all, players won more than $540,140 in this drawing. 

The Illinois Lottery encourages all the lucky winners to write their names on the back of the tickets and keep them in a safe place. If tickets were purchased online or through the Illinois Lottery app, there is no need to print anything. Winners should visit to learn how to claim their prizes. Winners have one year from the date of the winning draw in which to claim their prize. 

Lucky Day Lotto is played twice a day, seven days a week. For more information or to buy tickets online, please visit


About the Illinois Lottery:

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $22 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.