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De Soto man wins $750,000 in Illinois Lottery

Steve Rishel won $750,000. (Source: Illinois Lottery) Steve Rishel won $750,000. (Source: Illinois Lottery)

A man once honored for rescuing a family in the Ohio River won $750,000 from the Illinois Lottery.

Steve Rishel was honored by the Illinois Police Association last year for rescuing a family after their boat capsized in the Ohio River.

Rishel won a $750,000 jackpot prize in the July 19 Lucky Day Lotto evening drawing.

Rishel plays Lucky Day Lotto every day, and has played the same two sets of numbers for years.

While he was at the store buying his ticket on Friday July 19, he noticed that the jackpot had been rolling and stood at $750,000. “Because of the high jackpot, I decided to buy one Quick Pick ticket in addition to playing my regular numbers,” Rishel said.

He was at the store the next day when he checked his tickets and discovered that the numbers on his Quick Pick ticket perfectly matched the winning numbers – 21 – 22 – 23 – 25 – 33 – to win the jackpot prize.

Rishel retired after 25 years of service as a Southern Illinois University police officer in Carbondale and has lived in De Soto for more than 40 years. He plans to share the windfall with his son, daughter and five grandchildren. He also plans to pay off his mortgage and buy a new fishing boat. 

The winning ticket was purchased at 4 Way Quik Stop at 200 North Chestnut Street in De Soto. The 4 Way Quik Stop will receive $7,500 for selling the winning ticket.

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