Roscoe Man Wins $19 Million Illinois Lottery Jackpot

Nov 05, 2004, 00:00 ET from Illinois Lottery

    ROSCOE, Ill., Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The Illinois Lottery announced today
 that John Wood of Roscoe, IL is the state's newest millionaire after winning a
 $19 million prize in the Lotto game.
     Mr. Wood has been playing the Lottery since it began 30 years ago. He has
 won numerous smaller prizes, but none of them matched the feeling he had after
 winning $19 million.
     "When I first realized I had won, I was in a state of disbelief," said Mr.
 Wood. "Then I was just thinking 'Wow, OK, now what do I do? Is this for real?
 Are there any other winners?'" He has not decided what he will do with the
 money but plans to save as much of it as possible after helping his family.
     "The Illinois Lottery is very excited for Mr. Wood and his family," said
 Lottery Superintendent Carolyn Adams. "This is one of the largest jackpots of
 the year and we wish Mr. Wood all the best as he decides what to do with his
     The winning ticket was purchased at the Roscoe Quick Mark located at 5755
 Elevator Rd. in Roscoe, IL. The retailer will receive a 1 percent retailer
 incentive bonus for selling the winning ticket.
     Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery is a state agency with annual sales
 of $1.7 billion. Since its inception, the Lottery has contributed more than
 $12 billion to the state Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools.
 Players must be at least 18 years old. For more information on the Illinois
 Lottery and its 30th Anniversary, please visit our Web site at .
     Contact:   Courtney Hill  312-255-3125 (office)
                               312-342-4273 (cell)
                Maura Devine   312-255-3032 (office)
                               312-545-3995 (cell)

SOURCE Illinois Lottery