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Illinois couple claims $393 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot

Aug 28, 2017, 7:29 am

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Largest lottery jackpot ever claimed in Illinois

By Todd Northrop

At the same time the latest Powerball jackpot run was stealing headlines, an Illinois couple was at Illinois Lottery headquarters, claiming the largest lottery jackpot ever won in the state.

Palos Heights resident Patricia Busking became the winner of the largest prize in Illinois Lottery history when the second line of numbers on her $5 Quick Pick ticket matched all six numbers in the Friday, August 11, Mega Millions drawing.

The winning numbers in that draw were 23, 33, 53, 56, and 58, with Mega Ball number 6.

Friday, at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago, Illinois Lottery officials presented Busking a $393 million ceremonial check to commemorate her history-making win.

Busking, a retired health care worker, and her husband, Joe, have lived in Palos Heights for 13 years. She was at home the morning after the drawing when Joe heard on the radio that the jackpot-winning Mega Millions ticket was purchased in Palos Heights. She rushed to check the winning numbers in the newspaper and was stunned to see that they matched the numbers on her ticket. She immediately signed the back of the ticket, becoming the single largest Mega Millions prize winner in Illinois Lottery history. 

After spending a week consulting with family members and professional financial advisors, Busking was ready to come forward and claim her prize, which she opted to take as a one-time payment of $246 million. She plans to share the money with her family and friends, and donate to her favorite charities.

An occasional Mega Millions and Powerball player, Busking said she buys tickets when the jackpots are really high, and always buys Quick Picks. She bought her winning ticket at Nick's Barbecue, 12658 S. Harlem Ave., in Palos Heights, when she and Joe decided to stop there to buy steak sandwiches for dinner. "We were in the right place at the right time!"

Nick's Barbecue will receive a $500,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. This jackpot is the fifth largest in Mega Millions history and rolled 29 times after it was previously won Friday, April 28.

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United States
Member #162624
January 7, 2015
780 Posts


Congratulations to the couple.
I'm truly happy for them.

  • 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.
    HAMMY WAMMY's avatar - lib
    United States
    Member #169447
    October 18, 2015
    97 Posts

    Congrats to them :] 

    Smart to wait a couple weeks and to claim when the country is more interested in a larger jackpot winner.

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      United States
      Member #153767
      March 24, 2014
      5036 Posts

      They waited some time and good for them.  Smart move on their part.  They consulted different people.  They will be fine.

        Chasing $ Millions.
        White Shores- California
        United States
        Member #136471
        December 12, 2012
        6622 Posts

        I took a gander at the " related stories" dealing with jackpot winners from illinois, and almost all are- were retired. Live long & prosper.

         * Voice of Reason *   

        * The Truth Hurts *

        People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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          Egg Harbor twp.south Jersey shore
          United States
          Member #112963
          June 29, 2011
          4136 Posts

          "An occasional player that buys tickets when jackpots are really high and always buys quick picks"

          Could be describing me...hmm...I make homemade steak sandwiches though !

          Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds    -- Charles Mackay  LL.D.

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            United States
            Member #167650
            July 25, 2015
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              CDanaT's avatar - Nolz june15.jpg
              Central TN
              United States
              Member #121187
              January 4, 2012
              5210 Posts

              Patricia looks pretty bright eyed and happy.....Joe on the other hand kinda gives me the impression his IBS maybe starting to act up Naughty


              I truly hope hope their win brings them much joy and happiness for years to come Hyper

              Integrity: There is just no substitute.

                New York, NY
                United States
                Member #140628
                March 23, 2013
                11153 Posts

                Money is old, but do good for others. Only real joy in life. Maybe a couple of adventures too, why not? Good luck to the winner, do good for others. The only thing that means anything. Fix the budget Illinois!

                Sometimes you do the right thing just because it’s right.

                  music*'s avatar - DiscoBallGlowing
                  USN United States Navy
                  Fresno, California
                  United States
                  Member #157849
                  August 2, 2014
                  3959 Posts

                  Congratulations to Joe & Patricia Busking !!! 

                   These two record making jackpots have taught me that: I will never tell any other player how they should choose their numbers.  All of us who play are 18 years or older and we should be smart enough to make that decision on our own. 

                   Patricia used quick pick while Mavis L. Wancyzk picked her lucky winning numbers. 

                   I will not say, "Pick some high and low numbers". NO  Mavis won with her families birthday numbers.

                  I feel privileged to be able to play the lottery.


                   "We are all in this together!" 

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                    Member #138723
                    February 4, 2013
                    2971 Posts



                    *If you live in IL and want legal regulated online poker... Click on me
                    How much money could Illinois make from regulated iGaming? Click on me

                    *If you live in Michigan and want legal regulated online poker... Click on me

                      United States
                      Member #163182
                      January 22, 2015
                      2584 Posts

                      Congratulations to the two of them (I forgot all about this win).  Glad they got the money before Illinois said IOU, but as one LP member said if they pulled that stunt again, PB & MM would probably pull out permanently.

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                        A long and winding road
                        United States
                        Member #17083
                        June 10, 2005
                        6569 Posts

                        Pleased for this Lone Ticket Holder ! Congrats!


                        With over 200 Million, they can be as charitable or quiet as they wish.....Good health and longevity to them .

                        Count your smiles.

                          Artist77's avatar - batman14

                          United States
                          Member #121739
                          January 16, 2012
                          7774 Posts

                          "An occasional player that buys tickets when jackpots are really high and always buys quick picks"

                          Could be describing me...hmm...I make homemade steak sandwiches though !

                          Wasn't there a post where someone was talking about BBQ before this happened? Lol

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                            South Carolina
                            United States
                            Member #77165
                            July 15, 2009
                            896 Posts

                            Wasn't there a post where someone was talking about BBQ before this happened? Lol

                            Sure was.  Congrats to them. That's enough money for a whole hog barbecue Smile and all the trimmings.

                            Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up.-Rocky Balboa

                            “Don’t let someone who gave up on their dreams talk you out of going after yours.” – Zig Ziglar