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Luck O' the Irish? Batavian Wins Big in Illinois Lottery’s St. Patrick’s Day Raffle

“I always play Raffle, I like the odds, especially now!” says Batavian Jeff White, who bought the ticket at the Batavia 7-Eleven.

Maybe we ought to be going to Batavia to buy our lottery tickets. The 7-Eleven streak in Batavia continues to be impressive.

“I always play Raffle, I like the odds, especially now!” said Jeff White after winning $100,000 playing the Illinois Lottery’s St. Patrick’s Day Raffle. White checked the list of 509 winning Raffle numbers on the Illinois Lottery’s website and discovered that one of them — 316771 — matched his Raffle number. “I couldn’t believe it,” he said.

White has lived in Batavia for 11 years. He plans to invest the winnings for now. When asked if he had any advice for other Lottery players he said, “You’ve got to be in the game to win, and it’s fun to win. Even if you just play one dollar a week, you can’t win if you don’t play.”

The winning ticket was purchased at 7-Eleven, 336 East Wilson Avenue in Batavia. The store received a bonus of $1,000 for selling the winning raffle ticket 

The St. Patrick’s Day Millionaire Raffle offered four $1 million prizes, five $100,000 prizes, and 500 $1,000 prizes. A total of 509 winning tickets were drawn on March 17, 2013. Lottery players who purchased a St. Patrick’s Day Millionaire Raffle ticket can check the Lottery website www.illinoislottery.com, or visit one of the Lottery’s 8,100 retailers across the state to see if they are one of the 509 lucky winners.

Raffle tickets cost $20 and were sold in sequential order at Lottery retailers. Winners can claim their prizes at one of five Illinois Lottery Claim Centers located in Chicago, Des Plaines, Fairview Heights, Rockford and Springfield. Raffle winners have one year from the drawing date to claim their prize.

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SOURCE: Illinois Lottery

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