The first time Randall Dowland played Lucky Day Lotto, he hit the jackpot.
“I just randomly chose some numbers and used them to try Lucky Day Lotto,” the lucky Palmyra resident said when he presented his winning ticket at the Illinois Lottery Prize Center in Springfield.
Dowland matched all five numbers – 07-11-14-15-24 – to win $250,000 in the Jan. 6 Lucky Day Lotto evening drawing.
Dowland, 63, has lived in the Palmyra area all his life. He and his wife, Gail, have two children and two grandchildren. They plan to use the windfall for home renovations and a family vacation in Florida.
The winning ticket was purchased at Fanco at 405 W. Elm St. in Waverly. The retailer will receive a $2,500 bonus, equal to 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket. Jackpots for Lucky Day Lotto start at $100,000.