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Lotto Winner Comes Forward to Claim $4 Million
Cicero Man Plans Trip to Hawaii with Winnings
CICERO, Ill. – March 31, 2009 – Michael Goza’s dreams came true after finding out that he was
Illinois Lottery’s newest millionaire, winning $4 million from the March 16, 2009, Lotto drawing.
Goza, an avid lottery player, prefers quick picks over a chosen set of lucky numbers, which is
how we won the jackpot.
“I started reading the numbers out loud and when I got to the last number, I just started
screaming,” said Goza. “I couldn’t believe it.”
Goza will use his new found wealth to take a break from the Midwest weather and vacation in
Hawaii. As an employee of the U.S. Postal Service and Chicago Bulls, he is keeping his jobs because
he enjoys what he does. He also feels the Bulls are close to winning a championship and would “love”
to get a championship watch.
“It’s always an exciting time when we have a new winner,” said Jodie Winnett, acting
superintendent for the Illinois Lottery. “We are so happy that we can make new millionaires here in
“You have to play to win,” Goza said quoting the Illinois Lottery’s motto. “Keep playing
because people do win!” With his win, he joins the more than 920 other millionaires made through the
Illinois Lottery’s Lotto game.
The winning ticket was sold at the Shell gas station, located at 5995 West Roosevelt Road in
Cicero, Ill., and the winning numbers were 3, 8, 12, 25, 34, and 45. The Shell station will receive a 1
percent bonus of $40,000 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.