“The Best Birthday Present Ever!” Chicagoan wins $4 million Illinois Lottery Prize on her Birthday

March 21, 2014
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“Winning the lottery was the best birthday present ever; I still can’t believe it!” Diane Jenkins told Illinois Lottery staff when she presented her winningFabulous Fortune instant ticket at the Prize Center in Chicago. The lucky Chicago resident won a top prize of $4 million on her birthday, March 4th.

To celebrate her birthday, Jenkins stopped at a gas station on the way home from work and treated herself to two Fabulous Fortune instant tickets. “I didn’t win anything on the first ticket. When I scratched my second ticket I couldn’t believe it was a big winner so I handed it to the clerk to double check it. When all she did was smile, I knew. I feel like I thanked her four million times!

Jenkins, 55, lives on the South side of Chicago and has worked for the United States Postal Service for almost 20 years. A single mother of two, her plans for the windfall include sharing it with her children and investing for retirement. “This win will help me in so many ways I can’t even write them all down!” she said.

The winning ticket was purchased at Citgo, 10007 South Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Illinois Lottery officials presented Jenkins a ceremonial check for $4 million and Citgo a ceremonial check for $40,000, their bonus for selling the winning ticket, on March 14th. Jenkins chose the cash option of $2,400,000. After required state and federal withholding, she will receive $1,680,000.

Fabulous Fortune is a $20 instant ticket with a top prize of $4,000,000. There are still three unclaimed $4,000,000 prizes. For more information, please visit www.illinoislottery.com.

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