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Illinois woman wins $7 million lottery jackpot

Illinois LotteryIllinois Lottery: Illinois woman wins $7 million lottery jackpot

When Alberta James of Machesney Park, Ill. arrived home from work tired and soaked from the rain last week, she listened to a garbled message on her answering machine from her best friend about the Lottery. At the time, Alberta had no idea that her life was about to change.

"When I called my friend back she said, 'Oh my God, you're rich. One winner has a $7 million ticket they bought from Vince's, and I'm sure it's you!'" said James. She didn't believe her friend: "You dream about it, but you never think it could happen to you," added James.

James has been the primary care-taker of her 84-year old father for the last 13 years and puts him in charge of checking their tickets. She sent him upstairs to verify the winning Lotto numbers against their ticket and sure enough their Quick Pick numbers of 8-14-22-36-44-52 were an identical match. "He calmly walked downstairs and into the kitchen and said, 'Do you mind if I shake the hand of a millionaire?'"

"My cheeks hurt. This smile will never leave my face, I wake up smiling, I go to sleep smiling — I am so happy!" James works as a rural mail carrier for Rural Craft and said that she won't be working there much longer. "This brings new meaning to the phrase shop 'til you drop.'"

James has yet to make any substantial plans for her winnings, although she has retained the services of a financial advisor. "I don't know why God blessed me with this money, but he did and I hope I live up to his expectations."

Although she has never won a major jackpot before, James plays Lotto weekly and plays the same numbers.

"It's so exciting to know that the Illinois Lottery has changed someone's life and what great timing with the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday," said Illinois Lottery Superintendent Carolyn Adams. "Alberta has seven million more reasons to be thankful this year."

She purchased her winning Lotto ticket at Vince's Liquor & Tobacco at 7901 N. Alpine in Loves Park, Ill. Vince's Liquor & Tobacco is a historic retailer because it is one of the original retailers who signed up to sell Lottery tickets when it was founded in 1974. They will receive a one percent bonus of $70,000 for selling the winning ticket.

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Posted: November 18, 2006, 10:25 am - IP Logged

Good to hear someone will be having a nice Thanksgiving and Christmas

what I didnt understand is how the article referenced that the winning ticket

was a quick pick but later stated that the woman plays weekly and uses the same

numbers???  The same numbers cant be a quick pick,  HMMMMM

makes you wonder if this is made up with errors like that

Men Lie Women Lie Numbers Dont

    inittowin's avatar - 039ee315cfea4c12c8f5
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    Posted: November 18, 2006, 10:46 am - IP Logged

    Good to hear someone will be having a nice Thanksgiving and Christmas

    what I didnt understand is how the article referenced that the winning ticket

    was a quick pick but later stated that the woman plays weekly and uses the same

    numbers???  The same numbers cant be a quick pick,  HMMMMM

    makes you wonder if this is made up with errors like that

    I agree. Here is a different story from her local newspaper.

     

    http://www.rrstar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061118/NEWS0104/111180027

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      Posted: November 18, 2006, 11:25 am - IP Logged

      I agree. Here is a different story from her local newspaper.

       

      http://www.rrstar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061118/NEWS0104/111180027

      inittowin thank you for that link 

      I just have doubts about the integrity of the lottery sometimes

      Men Lie Women Lie Numbers Dont

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        Posted: November 18, 2006, 12:08 pm - IP Logged

        I would like to be lucky like Alberta and win tonight's Oregon Megabucks for $7 million.  Congrats to Alberta and here family!-weshar75


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          Posted: November 18, 2006, 1:09 pm - IP Logged

          Maybe her 84-year-old father will talk her into choosing lump sum. AFAIK Illinois is like Florida in that the 60-day clock starts with the DRAWING. I don't know if the 60-day period has changed since we now know who she is.

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            Posted: November 18, 2006, 5:17 pm - IP Logged

            Maybe her 84-year-old father will talk her into choosing lump sum. AFAIK Illinois is like Florida in that the 60-day clock starts with the DRAWING. I don't know if the 60-day period has changed since we now know who she is.

            Cash-The link to the article up above says that she took the lump sum and already has a financial adviser.-weshar75

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              Posted: November 21, 2006, 6:49 am - IP Logged

              Maybe her 84-year-old father will talk her into choosing lump sum. AFAIK Illinois is like Florida in that the 60-day clock starts with the DRAWING. I don't know if the 60-day period has changed since we now know who she is.

              Lump sum means odds are that she'll be dead broke in 5 years.  Unfortunately.

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                Posted: November 26, 2006, 11:06 pm - IP Logged

                nc6string

                It say her father is 84, so let's say she's 64. Do you really expect someone in their 60's to take an annuity, not to take the cash?

                Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

                Lep

                There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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                  Posted: November 27, 2006, 2:12 am - IP Logged

                  Cash, you're right.  IL is like FL.  I won't complain if I win a jackpot, but I think 90 days would be better. The IRS also has a rule about collecting money, but I think the decision has to be made within 60 days of the claim, not the draw. A previous article said the winner was seeking financial advice before they announced her name, so whatever she does, she's at least gotten professional counseling.

                  Coin Toss, I'm not saying it's a good or bad financial decision, but many people with children and grandchildren invest their money in annuities with a 10 year payout so they won't spend it all at once when they die. 26 years is a long time to wait for your money however.  By the way, she's only 55. (another article)  I'm 55 and my Dad is 92.  Many people 55 might look at getting a steady flow of income for 26 years as a good, solid retirement package. I don't think it would be that unusual. I used to yell out "lump sum only" but I'm not so sure any more. I'll let you know when I win the $9 million jackpot on Wed.

                  Hyperplease, please, please, please, please

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                    Posted: November 27, 2006, 2:46 am - IP Logged


                    Well, we've also got to consider that Mayan 12-21-2012 Prpohecy....

                    Google that one!

                    See Ya!

                    Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

                    Lep

                    There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.