Biggest Illinois Lottery Winners
On this page you'll find the largest-ever Illinois Lottery winners in the state's history. Learn what they won and the games they played to become overnight multi-millionaires - it could be your turn next!
The largest unclaimed prize currently is a $16.5 million Lotto jackpot won in Chicago on June 27, 2020 with a ticket purchased at 7-Eleven, 5959 W. Belmont Ave. in Dunning. The winner has one year from the draw date to claim their prize, so start checking your car and behind the couch cushions!
- August 11, 2017 - Patricia Busking hit an amazing $393 million Mega Millions top prize, the largest win in IL Lottery history. She purchased the ticket at Nick's BBQ in Palos Heights, a Chicago suburb. "It was surreal ... I couldn't believe it," Busking said of the moment she saw all six matching numbers. Busking and her husband took the winnings as a single payment of $246 million, which Busking said would be shared with family, friends, and charities.
- January 16, 2015 - Retired professional driver Jesus Davila Jr. of Naperville won a $265 million Mega Millions jackpot with a ticket he bought in Glendale Heights. Davila, 70, chose to receive a lump sum payout and after tax withholdings he took home $126,890,121.
- June 2, 2015 - A $262 million Mega Millions top prize was won by friends John Williams and Neal Logue, both of Blue Island.
- March 30, 2012 - Patricia and Merle Butler, of Red Bud, IL scored a Mega Millions payday of $218,666,667 as their share of a historic $656 million jackpot. Merle, 65, noted the numbers down as he watched the news, then realized "I might win something," as he checked his ticket. "The further I went, the more they matched. After I looked at it for a couple minutes, I turned to my wife and said, 'We won.' She kind of looked at me funny and I said, 'No, we won.' And then she started giggling," Merle said, laughing. "She giggled for about four hours."
- May 9, 2000 - Sue and Joe Kainz of Tower Lakes, north of Chicago, won half of a record $363 million Big Game top prize. "To me money has never meant anything more than freedom. So, I think we have quite a bit of it here," Sue said, while Joe remarked, "I normally deal in numbers with one or two zeros. Now, I have all these zeros." The Big Game was relaunched as Mega Millions in 2002.
- September 16, 2016 - A $134 million Mega Millions prize was claimed by the Elaine Francis Trust of Tuscola. The winners, a husband and wife both born and raised in central Illinois, decided to remain anonymous. "The lottery has made our dreams come true!" the couple said in a statement; they planned to retire early from their factory and health care jobs.
- May 4, 2012 - A $118 million Mega Millions jackpot was hit by The Dirty Dozen, a Chicago partnership.
- May 1998 - Shirley and Frank Capaci, of Streamwood, claimed a $104.3 million Powerball win from a ticket purchased in Wisconsin. After withholdings, the couple's payout came to $67 million. After the win, 67-year-old Frank, a former electrician, continued his part-time retirement job as a groundskeeper at a country club.
- 1984 - Although not one of the biggest prizes by recent standards, 28-year-old Michael Wittkowski's $40 million Illinois Lottery win was at the time the largest prize ever taken by a single ticket in North America.