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Great 8’s Instant Ticket Brings Big Prize to Bradley Player

February 10, 2021

CHICAGO—An Illinois Lottery player from Bradley just turned their day from good to great after winning $188,888 on a Great 8’s instant ticket.

Todd Tyler is a regular lottery ticket player, but he almost couldn’t believe his luck when he scratched the ticket bought from his local gas station.

“When I found out that I won, I was in my car after work,” says Tyler, who was in disbelief over what he was seeing.  “My first reaction was ‘Is this real?’”

Tyler has been playing the Illinois Lottery since he was old enough to buy tickets and it comes as no surprise that scratch tickets top the list of his favorite games to play.

When it came time to share the news about his win, Tyler turned first to the leading lady in his life, “The first person I told was my wife, because it’s THE wife,” he laughed.  

The winning ticket was purchased from Meijer gas station at 1010 N. Kinzie Ave. in Bradley, Illinois.


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.