Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Bill Reining won the jackpot on April 26.
Huntley resident Bill Reining thinks he was in the right place at the right time after winning $325,000 in the April 26 Lucky Day Lotto drawing. “I usually go to the fitness center in the morning, and then on my way home I stop at the store to get my Lucky Day Lotto quick pick ticket," Reining said. "On this day, for no reason, I went to the store first.” Reining believes this change in his schedule may have led to his lottery windfall, according to an Illinois Lottery press release. Later that day, Reining went to www.illinoislottery.com to check the winning Lucky Day Lotto numbers. When he saw that his ticket matched all five numbers – 09 – 19 – 23 – 33 – 36 – he called to his wife Jackie, “We won! We won,” the release said. They plan…
Friday, May 17, 2013
Skyrocketing jackpots have people rushing for tickets, and dreaming of a million ways to spend their winnings.
UPDATE: 12:30 p.m. Friday The Illinois Lottery has announced the Powerball jackpot increased to $600 million on Friday morning, making it the largest Powerball jackpot ever! The estimated cash value for the jackpot is $376.9 million, according to lottery officials. Original Story: Posted 10 p.m. Thursday, May 16, 2013 Recent rollovers have resulted in incredible jackpots for the Powerball and Mega Millions games. The Powerball jackpot surpassed the half-a-billion dollar mark—climbing to an astounding $550 million (cash value $350.1 million), according to the Illinois Lottery. Mega Millions stands at $190 million (cash value $140 million). The massive jackpots have people running to convenience stores to buy tickets, and joining lottery …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Imagine all you could buy your mom for Mother's Day if you won the Powerball!
The Powerball jackpot has climbed to $270 million and counting with the next drawing happening Saturday night, May 11. That's a $175.8 million cash payout! Buy tickets online here. The Powerball drawing is held every Wednesday and Saturday at 9:59 p.m. Wednesday's drawing produced no grand prize winner. The largest Powerball Jackpot cash payout to date was $384 million and was won on Nov. 28, 2012, in Arizona and Missouri. Tell Us: If you won, what's the one thing you always wanted to buy your mother?
Monday, May 6, 2013
Powerball has climbed to $222 milion, and Mega Millions has reached $139 million.
The Powerball Lottery soared to $222 million after no one matched all six numbers in Saturday’s drawing, and Mega Millions rolled Friday night to $139 million, according to the Illinois Lottery. “This much dough calls for a bake sale,” according to the Lottery’s favorite fictitious anchorman Gil Mitchell. Although Friday’s jackpot didn’t produce a mega winner, Illinois had a Match 5 $250,000 Mega Millions winner at the Tinley Corner Store, 9410 179th St. in Tinley Park. And while many people head out to their local Lottery retailers to purchase tickets, residents across Illinois are can also play these games online – wherever there is Wi-Fi -- via their smartphones, PCs, laptops and tablets, according to a lottery press release. In …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Illinois Lottery could provide an extra happy St. Patrick’s Day for a lucky winner.
There’s an Irish blessing that says “may your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, May good luck pursue you each morning and night," according to The Quote Garden website. A lucky winner may have heavy pockets and a light heart thanks to the $200 million plus Powerball jackpot up for grabs this weekend. The Powerball jackpot rolled over this week and stands at $216 million, Illinois Lottery officials said Thursday. The next drawing is Saturday, March 16. The current jackpot has a cash value of $132.8 million and $92.9 million after taxes, lottery officials said. Comedian and TV personality Andy Richter stars in a new multi-media ad campaign. He portrays Gil Mitchell, an eccentric news anchor who lets Illinoisans know when there’s a …
Friday, January 11, 2013
Wladyslaw Krawiec said he "prayed for a little bit of help."
Lady Luck has touched Cary once again. Cary resident Wladyslaw Krawiec showed up for work as usual just six days before Christmas, but was told to go back home. "My boss said there was no more work for us so I picked up my tools, left the job site and drove home," Krawiec said in a press release. On his way home, he said a little prayer asking for "a little bit of help" and stopped at a gas station to check his Lucky Day Lotto ticket from the previous night's drawing. His prayer was answered quickly as he discovered he'd won $175,000. Krawiec matched all five winning numbers of the Dec. 18 drawing, according to an Illinois Lottery press release. He immediately telephoned his wife. “We won! We won!” Krawiec shouted into the phone to his …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Susan Wolek won the Nov .19 drawing of the Lucky Day Lotto with a $1 Quick Pick ticket.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
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 …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Two tickets matching the winning jackpot numbers were sold in Arizona and Missouri. Watch the Powerball drawing live and check out the winning numbers.
By now, you likely know the winning Powerball tickets from Wednesday's $550 million drawing were sold in Arizona and Missouri. Those winning tickets matched all five of the five numbers and the Powerball number. Each winner will receive about $293.7 million. However, right here in Illinois, two ticket holders matched all five numbers as well (but not the Powerball number) and will receive $1 million each. Those tickets were sold at Casey's General Store in Fairmont, Ill., and Barts Supermarket in Flanagan, Ill., according to the Illinois Lottery results page. The winning numbers are 5, 23, 16, 22, 29, 6. The Powerball lottery drawing took place Wednesday night at 9:59 p.m. CST. Watch the drawing took place live on Powerball's YouTube …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
What better way to pay for all that Halloween candy than being one of four million dollar winners in the Illinois Lottery's Halloween raffle? There were several $1,000 winners, as well.
Cary appears to be one lucky little town. One of four winning Illinois Lottery's Halloween Millionaire Raffle tickets was sold at 7-11, 296 Cary-Algonquin Rd., Cary, Lottery officials have announced. The winning Cary ticket number is 279505, and the holder of that ticket has not come forward, yet, said Mike Lang, of the Illinois Lottery. The other three million dollar raffle tickets were sold at Boston's Gourmet Pizza in Tinley Park, 4T Liquor Corral in Streamwood, and Ayer Co. in Petersburg, according to the Illinois Lottery. However, a long list of people who played the Halloween Millionaire Raffle game will walk away with $1,000 prizes including two more tickets purchased at Cary establishments, and two bought in Crystal Lake. Lottery …
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Poll: Do you plan to buy a ticket? How would you spend the winnings?
The Mega Millions, multi-state lottery is up to $363 million and the drawing is tonight at 10 p.m. CST. This week, the Illinois Lottery became the first to offer online purchases of lottery tickets, making it easier than ever. The Illinois Lottery saw an explosion of ticket sales since going online Sunday, and Lottery officials expect the fast-paced sales to continue through the Mega Millions drawing, according to the Huffington Post. Do you plan to buy a ticket? Tell us in our poll. How would you spend the money if you won? Tell us in the comments.