LUCKY DAY LOTTO® TICKET WORTH $800,000 SOLD IN SHAWNEETOWN
Billy Millikan (second to left), owner of Shawnee Quick Mart in Shawneetown, takes a celebratory photo with his employees after selling a $800,000 winning Lucky Day Lotto ticket in the Sunday, November 14, midday draw.
CHICAGO, Nov. 16, 2021 – A neighborhood convenience store in Gallatin County has sold a winning Lucky Day Lotto® jackpot ticket worth $800,000.
The winning ticket was sold at Shawnee Quick Mart, located at 111 Shawnee Ave. in Shawneetown, and matched all five numbers in the Sunday, November 14, midday drawing: 6-7-8-38-45.
The convenience store owner, Billy Millikan, says he knows who snagged the winning ticket!
“The winner came into the store Monday morning, picked up a claim form and then told one of the checkout ladies that he hit the jackpot,” said Millikan. “He’s been playing Lucky Day Lotto for a while now, and we’re all ecstatic that his Lotto numbers hit.”
Although the store owner would not disclose the winner’s name, Millikan said he’s been a loyal customer for many years.
“He’s been coming to my store as long as I’ve owned the store, which is nearly nine years,” added Millikan. “When we initially found out he won, I think my staff and I were even more excited about his sudden windfall than he was! It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.”
This is also a win for Shawnee Quick Mart for selling the winning ticket, as the retailer will receive a selling bonus of 1% of the prize amount. For Millikan, that means a bonus of $8,000 for selling the winning ticket.
This is the second time that the Gallatin County retailer has sold a winning Lottery ticket. Less than three months ago, the convenience store sold a $1 million Powerball® ticket.
Millikan said this time around, he plans to “pay bills with the selling bonus.”
Over 17,160 other prizes, ranging from $1 to $200, were won in the Sunday, November 14, midday drawing. In all, players won nearly $839,600 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 IllinoisLottery.com/winning 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 illinoislottery.com.
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.