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Illinois couple claim $134 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot

Oct 25, 2016, 1:46 pm

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By Todd Northrop

TUSCOLA, Ill. — "The lottery has made our dreams come true!"

That's what the Illinois winner and his wife exclaimed Tuesday when they claimed a $134 million jackpot from the multi-state Mega Millions lottery game.

The winning couple, who claimed the prize in the name of the Elaine Francis Trust, beat the 1-in-259 million odds with a Quick Pick ticket in the Friday, September 16 Mega Millions drawing.

The winning numbers drawn that evening were 13, 21, 28, 34, and 40, with Mega Ball number 15.

The winners were born and raised in central Illinois and have lived in Tuscola for several years.  After discovering the win, they met with financial and legal advisers and made plans to retire early from their factory and health care industry jobs.

They said they will share the windfall with their families, and will help out in the Tuscola community and the communities where they grew up. They opted to take the prize as a one-time payment of $89,993,284 (before the required tax withholdings).

The winning ticket was purchased at Lambo's BP, 1000 E. Southline Road, in Tuscola.  The retailer will receive a bonus of $500,000 for selling the winning ticket. 

The $134 million jackpot is the fifth-largest lottery prize ever collected in the state of Illinois.

The Illinois Lottery respected the winners' request for minimal publicity by not publishing their names or the names of the towns where they grew up.

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Posted: October 25, 2016, 2:21 pm - IP Logged

Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet. Congrats!!!

Seek and ye shall find -Matt. 7:7 ...Ask and ye shall receive -John 16:24 ...Give and it shall be given unto you -Luke 6:38 ...Be careful what you ask for!!! -Mypiemaster 1:1

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    Posted: October 25, 2016, 4:09 pm - IP Logged

    Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet. Congrats!!!

    my sentiments exactly.

    "know your limitations, but excede your expectations"

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      Posted: October 25, 2016, 4:23 pm - IP Logged

      Sniff, that was MY jackpot! Sniff.   

      They need to get out of Tuscola before they get kidnapped and robbed. 

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        Posted: October 25, 2016, 4:29 pm - IP Logged

        my sentiments exactly.

        Me too, glad they took the cash option given Illinois' history of not paying folks their lottery wins.  And a quick pick to boot.

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          Posted: October 25, 2016, 4:56 pm - IP Logged

          .

          That's how you do it !   !   !
          Congratulations to all those associate with the winners!

          (I'm still waiting for my turn.)

          • Don't chase the numbers you play.
          • Play only numbers you've already played, plus however many random picks.
          • But, ALWAYS the regular numbers you play.  This will make you a winner, not a chaser.
                     (so far, though, I've yet to win any significant lotto prize)
          • Oh, but always know where your tickets are, as well as your ticket's deadline.
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            Posted: October 25, 2016, 5:33 pm - IP Logged

            Sniff, that was MY jackpot! Sniff.   

            They need to get out of Tuscola before they get kidnapped and robbed. 

            It would have been your Jackpot if you picked those numbers.

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              Posted: October 25, 2016, 6:48 pm - IP Logged

              Cheers

              CONGRATS!

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                Posted: October 25, 2016, 10:44 pm - IP Logged

                Congrats to the lucky couple. enjoy.

                Hi LP family, won't be posting for a couple days, Hurt my right arm.

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                  Posted: October 25, 2016, 11:22 pm - IP Logged

                  Congratulations to this couple. This is the second straight Mega Millions Jackpot winning ticket in a row that is a California Super Lotto Plus pick.

                  I hope that one $2 ticket is the only one that matches all 5 numbers plus the PB to win the largest PB jackpot in United States history of over $2 Billion Dollars! I hope that one $2 ticket is the only one that matches all 5 numbers plus the Mega Ball to win the largest Mega Millions jackpot in United States history of over $2 Billion Dollars!

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                    Posted: October 25, 2016, 11:47 pm - IP Logged

                    Good for them. 

                    From the OP and this is news to me;

                    "The Illinois Lottery respected the winners' request for minimal publicity by not publishing their names or the names of the towns where they grew up."

                    Not exactly anonymous but better than nothing. Most wins are put on the monitors by the lottery sales counter and everyone in the state that plays lotto sees your name and picture. They used to show first and last names before Abraham Shakespeare got killed. 

                    Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any. So many systems, so many theories, so few jackpot winners. 

                    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: October 26, 2016, 12:04 am - IP Logged

                      Good for them. 

                      From the OP and this is news to me;

                      "The Illinois Lottery respected the winners' request for minimal publicity by not publishing their names or the names of the towns where they grew up."

                      Not exactly anonymous but better than nothing. Most wins are put on the monitors by the lottery sales counter and everyone in the state that plays lotto sees your name and picture. They used to show first and last names before Abraham Shakespeare got killed. 

                      Congratulations to this lucky couple.   Abraham Shakespeare lives on when lottery organizations change for the better.

                       "We are all in this together!" 

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                        Posted: October 26, 2016, 6:40 am - IP Logged

                        Congratulations to this lucky couple.   Abraham Shakespeare lives on when lottery organizations change for the better.

                        AMEN TO THAT.............

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                          Posted: October 26, 2016, 6:46 am - IP Logged

                          Sniff, that was MY jackpot! Sniff.   

                          They need to get out of Tuscola before they get kidnapped and robbed. 

                          Before I read your comment about it being your money I had the very same thought! 

                          That's OK I'M WINNING TONIGHT!

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                            Posted: November 2, 2016, 8:00 pm - IP Logged

                            Good for them. 

                            From the OP and this is news to me;

                            "The Illinois Lottery respected the winners' request for minimal publicity by not publishing their names or the names of the towns where they grew up."

                            Not exactly anonymous but better than nothing. Most wins are put on the monitors by the lottery sales counter and everyone in the state that plays lotto sees your name and picture. They used to show first and last names before Abraham Shakespeare got killed. 

                            In my state, the names are on the screen monitors for years.  Now, I under state the laws that say they have to make the names of the winners public.  But when they put the names on the screens and do so for as long as they want, then they are using your name for advertising. That is contrary to the rational behind publishing the names and I would object to it.