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Chicago man wins $20M prize on first lottery scratch-off

Feb 7, 2019, 6:58 am

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Illinois LotteryIllinois Lottery: Chicago man wins $20M prize on first lottery scratch-offRating:

A Chicago man just won $20,000 a week for 20 years thanks to a persistent co-worker and his first-ever $20 scratch ticket.

The lucky winner had been playing the Lucky Day Lotto for 18 years but never won a big prize, according to Illinois Lottery officials. The man's co-worker consistently tried to get him to purchase an instant ticket, but he never did — until now.

The man and his co-worker were at Plaza Food & Liquor, at 3459 W. Ogden Ave., when the co-worker convinced him to scratch his first $20 ticket, which turned out to be a winning 20x20 ticket.

"I plan to buy a house and start my own business," he told the Illinois Lottery. "This winning ticket is my chance at living the American dream."

The top prize was $20,000 a week for 20 years, resulting in a total of $20,800,000.

The retailer received a bonus of $208,000.

Thanks to Sarge0202 for the tip.


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

  Beginner's Luck!  Congratulations!

  The persistent co-worker is a friend indeed. A 20-year Annuity. Can you imagine winning $20,000.00 a week for the next 20 years? 

 I am sure that there is a run on 20x20 tickets. 

 "We are all in this together!" 

    United States
    Member #180287
    February 28, 2017
    201 Posts

      Beginner's Luck!  Congratulations!

      The persistent co-worker is a friend indeed. A 20-year Annuity. Can you imagine winning $20,000.00 a week for the next 20 years? 

     I am sure that there is a run on 20x20 tickets. 

    No running or walking. The game launched September 4, 2012 and that was the last grand prize.


    I'm going to miss the game, had a nice overall odds of 1 in 2.71.  That was even better then most 30$ tickets. The current best overall odds ticket is a 30$, 1 in 2.65, ticket released almost 5 years ago. 1 top prize of 10 Million$ left.


    They don't make them like they used to.

      Raven62's avatar - binary
      New Jersey
      United States
      Member #17842
      June 28, 2005
      150512 Posts

      Luck: Being in the Right Place at the Right Time!


      A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

      Catch-22: A dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.

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        reddog's avatar - bulldog2
        Durham, North Carolina
        United States
        Member #1616
        June 5, 2003
        3882 Posts

        There for awhile Illinois had put a freeze on lottery wins. I hope he gets what's coming to him.

        Taking it one day at a time, because there's no way to know what might have been.

          CDanaT's avatar - Nolz june15.jpg
          Central TN
          United States
          Member #121187
          January 4, 2012
          5759 Posts

          First scratcher and you win that ?   NICE   Congrats, enjoy and best wishes on your new business adventure.

          Integrity: There is no substitute.

          "If some among you fear taking a stand because you are afraid of reprisals . . . recognize that you are just feeding the crocodile hoping he'll eat you last."

            TheMeatman2005's avatar - lightening
            Brooklyn, NY
            United States
            Member #169716
            October 29, 2015
            1546 Posts

            Congrats on the win! Nice first time scratcher.

            I wonder if he will give any money to his (former) co-worker. Without their prodding, he wouldn't have won. 

            The Meatman 🥩🍗🍔🍖🍤🌭

            “The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it in your back pocket.” Will Rogers

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              Goteki54's avatar - Lottery-007.jpg
              Baltimore, MD
              United States
              Member #143326
              May 30, 2013
              438 Posts

              Exactly, he needs to do right by his (former) co worker. It's the right thing to do.Cheers

              Following the trends and patterns means following the money!Banana

                Cassie8620's avatar - oGH0ok
                United States
                Member #180563
                March 13, 2017
                5134 Posts

                Hurray!i am glad some 1 in chi-town got this. i know they had issues with their lottery out there, so i am glad, so very happy for him

                no matter what age. younger under 50s,


                or a senior citizen, don't care, just happy 1 got it and god bless. #invest wisely to make it last.

                and that's with any amount."


                Hurray!Congrats. and good luck to all playing their lotteries today and tonight. CheersHurray!

                Won(2020) $22,000. Let's Go NC! Time 2 break the bank, baby! 1034 1021 1061 1117

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                  United States
                  Member #180287
                  February 28, 2017
                  201 Posts

                  Hurray!i am glad some 1 in chi-town got this.


                  Chicago people always get the winners, more people there.

                  It also looks like they are finally allowing anonymous for the bigger winners.

                    Northern IL
                    United States
                    Member #171100
                    December 31, 2015
                    147 Posts

                    Never thought anyone would win the final prize as game has been out since 2012

                    I only won $100 on that ticket like twice and lost alot before I stopped playing it

                    I think all 3 of the 20 x 20 tickets were won in Chicago (I know the last one before this was)

                    So I say boo to Chicago players winning on this ticket!!!!

                      * In hot pursuit of $ *
                      White Shores- California
                      United States
                      Member #136471
                      December 12, 2012
                      6767 Posts

                      Since 2012? I guess the moral of this story is, it's never to late to get into the game.

                      On the otherhand this co worker, who probably tried & failed to win anything on this very game, knowing it has been around for 7 years, could have urged his friend" to join him " in throwing his money down the drain on this ticket, only to have it backfire.Big Smile

                       * Voice of Reason *   

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