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

Feb 7, 2019, 6:58 am

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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.

NBC

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music*'s avatar - DiscoBallGlowing
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Posted: February 7, 2019, 7:12 am - IP Logged

  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!" 


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    Posted: February 7, 2019, 7:37 am - IP Logged

      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.

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      Posted: February 7, 2019, 7:37 am - IP Logged

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

      https://www.lifehack.org/articles/featured/how-to-be-in-the-right-place-at-the-right-time-more-often.html

      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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        Posted: February 7, 2019, 7:42 am - IP Logged

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

        Taking it one drawing at a time.

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          Posted: February 7, 2019, 8:22 am - IP Logged

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

          Integrity: There is just no substitute.

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            Posted: February 7, 2019, 9:13 am - IP Logged

            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. 

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              Posted: February 7, 2019, 9:57 am - IP Logged

              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

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                Posted: February 7, 2019, 11:21 am - IP Logged

                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 over 13G's!( Spring 2020 ) + total (2019) 22,000! Time 2 break the bank, baby! $ $ $ Banana

                0068 0806 0860 1027 7707 1608 0620 0862 6800 8602 8620 1211 1215 1216 1236 1623 3193 3533 3009 3159 

                1031 2143 1061 1038 1263 1350 1358 1448 1530 1569 1570 1589 3412  1112 1411 1711 1216 2446 3422 3522 5593 4773

                0764 1061 1476 4374 4761 4762 4764  5925 6023 7077 7411 7460 7664 7678 8150 8779 9512 8999


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                  Posted: February 7, 2019, 11:35 am - IP Logged

                  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.

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                    Posted: February 7, 2019, 6:35 pm - IP Logged

                    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!!!!

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                      Posted: February 8, 2019, 1:31 am - IP Logged

                      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

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