‘Shocked’ Frankfort woman wins $1M lottery prize
February 18, 2014 11:00AM
Marie Berlongieri, of Frankfort, won $1 million on a Quick Pick Powerball lottery ticket. | Supplied photo
Updated: February 19, 2014 2:18AM
Marie Berlongieri usually is thrilled if she wins $10 playing the lottery.
Her most recent win raised the bar.
The Frankfort woman said she was “absolutely shocked” to discover she had won $1 million for a Quick Pick Powerball ticket in the Jan. 18 drawing, according to a press release from the Illinois Lottery.
“I get so excited when I win $10, I never imagined I would win a prize like this,” Berlongieri said in the release.
Her Quick Pick ticket matched the first five numbers: 13, 14, 19, 31 and 38. The Powerball number was 25.
Berlongieri has lived in Frankfort for 15 years and is married with three children and four grandchildren, according to the Illinois Lottery. Her plans for the windfall include sharing with family, starting college funds for her grandchildren, and traveling.
“I’d love to go on a trip to Italy,” she said in the release.
She bought the winning ticket at the BP station at 9595 W. Lincoln Highway, Frankfort.
“Every Sunday on my way home from church I stop there to buy my Powerball ticket,” Berlongieri said in the release.
The retailer will receive a $10,000 bonus, 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket, according to the Illinois Lottery.
$100K ticket sold in Hazel Crest
A $100,000 winning lottery ticket was sold in Hazel Crest for Monday night’s Lucky Day Lotto drawing.
The winner, who had not come forward as of Tuesday morning, bought the winning ticket at the BP station at 17460 Kedzie Ave. and matched all five numbers — 5, 9, 23, 30 and 31 — according to the Illinois Lottery.
The store will receive a $1,000 bonus, 1 percent of the prize amount.
Sun-Times Media Wire