Homeless Woman Wins $50,000 Powerball Prize

Bradley resident Crystal Nelson won a $50,000 Powerball prize when her Quick Pick ticket matched four numbers, plus the Powerball number, in the Wednesday, June 21, drawing. The winning numbers were — 14-46-61-65-68 — and the Powerball number was 13.

“I’m so happy. I’m going to use this money to help my family, and I might buy myself a car,” Nelson said when she presented her winning ticket at the Illinois Lottery Prize Center in Des Plaines.

The winning ticket was purchased at Liquor Lot, 370 S. Schuyler Ave., in Kankakee. The retailer received a bonus of $500, 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling a winning ticket. Powerball drawings are at 9:59 p.m. every Wednesday and Saturday.

Powerball lottery tickets have been sold in Illinois since 2010, but sales reportedly will be discontinued the state does not end its budget stalemate.

Powerball lottery tickets have been sold in Illinois since 2010, but sales reportedly will be discontinued the state does not end its budget stalemate.

Also, the Mega Millions jackpot stands at $248 million for Friday’s drawing. The Mega Millions jackpot has been rolling since it was last won on Saturday, April 28.

The winning numbers from the Tuesday drawing were — 8-12-23-51-73 — and the Mega Ball number was 6. While there was no jackpot winner in Tuesday night’s drawing, Illinois players won more than 64,400 prizes, ranging from $4 to $5,000.

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