If you bought a Powerball ticket at a grocery store in Prophetstown for Wednesday night’s drawing, you may want to check it right away – that’s because you could be celebrating Christmas $500,000 richer.
The winning ticket was purchased at Shaws Marketplace, located at 214 Washington St. in Prophetstown.
The lucky winner matched four numbers and the Powerball, plus they added the game’s ‘Power Play’ feature to win $500,000 for the Wednesday, December 14 drawing. The winning numbers were: 36-51-59-66-68 and Powerball 25.
“What a great way to celebrate Christamas,” said Evelyn Fouts, Manager of Shaws Marketplace. “I don’t know who bought the winning ticket but Prophetstown is a tiny town with less than 2,000 people – we don’t even have a stoplight – so the probability that it’s someone from our hometown is highly likely.”
This is now the eighth Illinois Lottery player who has won a prize of $500,000 or more playing Powerball so far this year.
“I’ve been with this store for nearly 20 years and I’ve experienced many lottery jackpot celebrations, however, this is the largest winning ticket we’ve ever sold here – it’s pretty magical,” exclaimed Fouts.
Retailers who sell winning tickets also have another reason to celebrate, as these wins bring their business a cash selling bonus of one percent of the prize amount. For Shaws Marketplace, that means a bonus of $5,000.
In total, more than 11,300 winning tickets were sold, and nearly $670,000 in prizes were won in Wednesday evening’s Powerball drawing.
Winners have one year from the date of the winning draw in which to claim their prize. The Illinois Lottery encourages all lucky winners to write their name on the back of their ticket and keep it in a safe place until they’re ready to claim their prize.
The next Powerball drawing is Saturday, December 17, with a jackpot of $149 million on offer.
Powerball tickets are $2 each, and players have the option to add the Powerplay for an additional $1 for the chance to multiply non-jackpot prizes.
About the Illinois Lottery:
Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $24 billion (since 1985) to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes. For more information, visit illinoisLottery.com.