Mar 14

Couple Collect $1M Mega Millions Prize After Losing Ticket

Mega Millions NewsFriday March 28 2014 – A couple from Illinois has come forward to claim a $1 million Mega Millions prize after temporarily losing their ticket.

The lucky couple, named as Cathy and Dave Seidon, publically accepted their $1 million win at a press conference held in the Jewel-Osco store in Woodridge – the very same store where Cathy purchased her winning ticket. It was all smiles at the press conference yesterday but the couple came close to missing out on their prize after nearly losing their ticket.

The couple only started looking for the ticket after one of Cathy’s co-workers told her that the Jewel-Osco store, where Cathy always purchases her lottery tickets, had sold a $1 million ticket. At this point Cathy, who is a first-grade teacher, wasn’t certain the ticket had matched all five main numbers from the Mega Millions drawing on 18th March 2014 but told her husband that they needed to find the ticket, just in case.

Normally Cathy displays lottery tickets on the fridge but, on this occasion, she had given the ticket to Dave to look after. “Cathy is a very organized person, but she gave the ticket to me and I had no idea where I put it,” Dave admitted. The couple began a frantic search for the ticket and, luckily for them, eventually found it among some loose papers. After discovering they owned the missing $1 million ticket, the couple were “absolutely shocked” and felt “very lucky”.

The couple, who opted for the lump sum option of $700,000 after taxes, plan to use the money to pay for their son and daughter’s education.  “Education is very important to us and this lottery win takes so much pressure off,” said Dave.

Speaking about the win Cathy said; “It’s not quit-your-job kind of money but we’re so grateful that we have it. Now we can look at colleges with our daughter knowing that wherever she wants to go we can send her.”

When asked if he had any advice for other lottery players Dave said, “Sign the back of your ticket… and let an organized person hold onto it.”

by Patrick Fitzgerald
Updated February 17th, 2015

Dec 13

Illinois Ticket Purchased Online Wins $1 Million

Powerball NewsSunday December 1 2013 – One lucky Illinois Lottery player had a million reasons to be thankful last week after winning a Powerball prize worth $1 million.

The winning Quick Pick ticket was purchased online via the Illinois Lottery website and matched the five main numbers – 05-12-43-52-55 – drawn on November 23 to win $1 million. The winner, whose name is being withheld until lottery officials receive the claim form, purchased a three month Powerball subscription via the Illinois Lottery in October. To read the full press release from the Illinois Lottery, click here.

This latest win is only the second time in the state that a $1 million Powerball ticket has been sold online. The first came on Wednesday December 12 2012 when a Powerball ticket purchased online by a west suburban Brookfield man won the Match 5 prize.

Purchasing Illinois Lottery tickets online is something that has been possible since March 2012. The state was the first to allow online ticket sales in the country and was followed by Georgia six months later. Last week the Michigan Lottery announced that, from next year, people will be able to buy lottery tickets online after selecting Pollard Banknote and NeoGames to deliver their online sales. Florida Lottery has also submitted a proposal that would allow the sale of online tickets but this has yet to be approved.

Although many states have met opposition from lottery retailers in regards to online ticket sales, buying tickets online has multiple benefits for players. The main benefit is that tickets are stored safely online and players are automatically notified of any prizes they may have won, which eliminates the chance of prizes going unclaimed.

Last week a Powerball prize worth $16.6 million won by a ticket purchased in Florida expired as the owner of the winning ticket failed to come forward and claim their prize – a situation which could have been avoided had the player been able to buy their ticket online.

by Patrick Fitzgerald
Updated February 17th, 2015

Sep 13

Crest Hill Resident Revealed as Illinois Lotto Winner

Wednesday September 4th, 2013 – A Crest Hill resident’s habit of buying a Lotto ticket every time he stopped for gas has finally paid off.

Last month, the lucky winner Xuan Ngo Thu purchased a Quick Pick Illinois Lotto ticket from a Speedway gas station in Joliet which landed him with a $5.7 million jackpot.

Thu wasn’t aware of his win until the day after the drawing when he returned to the store to have the ticket checked. After scanning his ticket the message “file a claim” flashed up and the clerk told Thu that it meant he had won “something big.”

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Too nervous to check the ticket himself, he returned home and got his daughter to check it. She found that the ticket was the only one to match all six numbers – 11-15-29-41-42-43 – in the Illinois Lotto drawing on August 15th, 2013. After his daughter told him he hit the jackpot Thu was so excited and couldn’t sleep for days.

Earlier this week Illinois Lottery officials confirmed the winning ticket and Thu, a Vietnamese native, came forward and collected his prize. He opted to receive his prize in a lump sum of $3,906,785, which equates to $2,734,749 after taxes.

Thu plans on sharing his win with his family, donating some money to charity and a vacation to Vietnam.

The Speedway gas station will receive a $57,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

For the latest Illinois Lotto winning numbers, visit Lottery.net.

by Patrick Fitzgerald
Updated August 2nd, 2017