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Lotto Winner Comes Forward to Claim $4 Million
Cuba, Ill., Man Has Plans for a Harley and Retirement with Winnings
CUBA, Ill. – March 4, 2009 – King of the road, Rodney Henderson, 46, is the grand prize winner of
$4,000,000 from the February 23, 2009, Illinois Lottery Lotto drawing. The avid Harley Davidson
motorcycle rider plans to spend more time taking care of his Road King® and maybe add another to
“After I found out I won the jackpot, I bought new tires for my bike,” said Henderson. “The
next day, when I went to work, everyone thought I had bought a new Harley. Boy the rumors spread
Within a couple of hours of checking his ticket at the Mapleton Mini Mart, the news of
Henderson’s good fortune spread throughout the area and to his hometown of Cuba, Ill. From there the
news landed at Henderson’s employer, a steel company in Pekin, Ill.
“I have received so many phone calls from friends and family to congratulate me,” said
Henderson. “Everyone is so happy for me and is wondering what I am going to do with the money.”
Henderson, a modest man, says he plans to pay off a few bills and invest the rest of the money
for his retirement. He plans to keep working at the steel company as a maintenance lead, buy that new
Harley that everyone already thought he purchased, and continue to spend a few dollars a week
playing the Lottery!
“We love to have winners like Rodney, who have fun playing the Lottery and plan to save
their money and invest in their future,” said Jodie Winnett, acting superintendent for the Illinois
Lottery. “At the same time, we’re glad he is going to splurge a little with his plans for a new Harley.”
The winning ticket was sold at the Mapleton Mini Mart, located at 8626 W. Wheeler Road in
Mapleton, Ill., and the winning numbers were 7, 14, 21, 29, 32 and 40. Mapleton Mini Mart will
receive a $40,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
About the Illinois Lottery
Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery is a state agency with annual sales over $2 billion. Since its
inception, the Lottery has contributed more than $14 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 please visit our Web site at www.illinoislottery.com.