Christmas just got a little brighter for one Crystal Lake resident.
The Illinois Lottery announced Susan Wolek won the Nov. 19 drawing for the Lucky Day Lotto. Wolek matched all five winning numbers for the jackpot and won $275,000, Lottery officials said in a press release.
“Christmas will be different this year because now we have more to give,” Wolek said in the release. “It’s wonderful to be able to help your family, what a nice feeling.”
Last month, Wolek stopped for gas at the Crystal Lake Mart, 770 Virginia Rd., Crystal Lake, and decided to buy one $1 Lucky Day Lotto Quick Pick.
“I usually play $1 a week because I always believed that it only takes one ticket to win,” she said.
She discovered her win the day before Thanksgiving when her husband Ken checked the ticket at the store. The store will receive a $2,750 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket, lottery officials said.
“We have so much to be thankful for,” she said.
The Woleks have lived in Crystal Lake for 40 years. Their plans for the winnings include investing in their future.
Jackpots for Lucky Day Lotto start at $100,000. Drawings are held seven days a week with over 35,000 winners every day, according to the Illinois Lottery. The Lucky Day Lotto drawing takes place every night at 9:22 p.m.
For more information, please visit www.illinoislottery.com.