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 …
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 …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Watch the Powerball drawing live and check out the winning numbers.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Some lucky person might be half a billion dollars richer. The winning numbers are 5, 23, 16, 22, 29, 6. The Powerball lottery drawing took place Wednesday night at 9:59 p.m. CST. Ticket sales closed in Illinois at 9 p.m. Watch the drawing took place live on Powerball's YouTube channel and TV stations that featured the live drawing. Each Powerball ticket cost $2. Players choose five numbers plus a sixth Powerball number. Players matching all six numbers can select an annuitized amount paid out over 29 years or a lump sum payment. ABC News reports lottery officials expect to sell more than 105,000 tickets every minute before the drawing. Despite the long odds for the big jackpot, the overall odds of winning a prize are considerably better …
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.