The purr-fect holiday gift arrives early for Illinois woman

Dec 3, 2020, 8:44 pm (8 comments)

Illinois Lottery

Two pretty kitties earn lottery player a pretty penny

By Kate Northrop

EUCLID, Ohio — The cat's out of the bag — two kitties might have helped one woman win a $1,180 Illinois Lottery Pick 4 prize.

An anonymous woman from the Chicago suburbs has been playing the lottery for the past decade, using everyday events and happenings around her to conjure up numbers to play. Most recently, she took inspiration from the two cats she adopted — Eustace, a gray Tabby, and Denzel, a domestic Short Hair.

"I like to play situational numbers, so the lucky numbers that I play are what is occurring in my life, like a new phone number, birthday or address," she explained in a press release.

She uses this method for selecting number combinations for Pick 3 and Pick 4, her two favorite games.

Not long after taking home the two pretty kitties, she picked up a Pick 4 lottery ticket and looked to her newest family members for those lucky numbers.

"I adopted two kittens three weeks ago, Eustace and Denzel from PAWS Chicago," she told the Illinois Lottery. "So on a whim, I decided to play the address of the adoption center, 1-9-9-7." The adoption center is located at 1997 N Clybourn Avenue in Chicago.

She was pleasantly surprised when she learned of her win at home and mentioned that the news put her in the holiday spirit.

"When I found out I won, my first thought was 'Happy Christmas!'" the player exclaimed.

Since her cats brought her plenty of luck, she plans on returning the favor by showering them with a few Christmas gifts of their own.

"With my winnings, I am going to buy a few things for my cats," the winner said. "I have been looking at PetSmart online for a cat tree and of course cat food and lots of catnip too!"

This is not the first time she won lottery prizes by playing situation numbers. Using everyday life as an inspiration has earned her an even larger payout once before.

"One time, I played my son's birthday on Pick 4 and won a $5,000 prize," she recalled.

Her advice to other players? Follow your "gut instinct" and play numbers that feel right.

The anonymous woman shared her story with the Illinois Lottery voluntarily, so it is unclear where she bought the ticket and when.

Lottery Post Staff


hearsetrax's avatarhearsetrax

What a great tale of both love and luck 👍

I wish the happy trio plenty of great years together 

mjwinsmith's avatarmjwinsmith

A great story indeed! Wishing her continued success and blessings with her new family additions.

P.S., I just love cats Banana


Thank you for adopting, not shopping.   Rescue animals are the best...especially dogs in my case!


Only one time did #'s come to me and didn't play---and they came in.   First three of my SSAN--018 on a car in front of me going home from work!   I do envy folks that seem to have the lucky knack for this uncanny ability, but am happy for them.


May all three have a purrfect Christmas.


I love this about how she won with the kitty cats helping her!

May they all live happy together!

Nothing better than having kitty cats around to keep you company!

I have one I wouldn't trade for anything!🐱

Oh and I adopted my kitty from the animal shelter also!

She was 5 years old when I got her...most want kittens but I like older ones

since they are sometimes harder to adopt out.

hearsetrax's avatarhearsetrax

remember to spoil Ms Triggs often and I hope she brings you more luck in 2021 


Here kitty kitty! Keep on enjoying those trips to the lottery commission to pick up many more checks.

HaveABall's avatarHaveABall

Kate, thanks for sharing this charming Christmas lottery win story!


Artist77's avatarArtist77



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