“I can’t believe I won the lottery by missing every number!” said Mary Ellen Harris after becoming the first ever Hit or Miss player to win $250,000 when the numbers on her ticket didn’t match any of the winning numbers drawn.
The lucky Joliet resident missed all 12 numbers - 03 - 04 - 05 - 06 - 13 - 16 - 17 - 18 - 20 - 21 - 22 – 24 – (02) in the Sunday October 13 10:30 a.m. drawing.
While out for her usual morning walk, Harris stopped at the local convenience store, Mickey’s One Stop, to buy a lottery ticket.
“I’ve played Hit or Miss a few times since it started and I’ve won prizes of $2 and $5.”
She put $2 in the lottery self-service machine and pushed the button to select a Hit or Miss Quick Pick ticket. The next morning Harris walked to the store again, this time to have the clerk check her ticket.
“When he told me that I won, I started to cry!” She immediately called her husband and asked him to come and pick her up.
and her husband David, both age 61, are lifelong residents of Joliet
and have been married 11 years. Harris is a retired Joliet Police
Department account clerk and David is a retired Joliet Fire Department
mechanic. Combined, they have five children and eight grandchildren.
“They’re all so happy for us!” Harris said she and David have not yet made firm plans for the quarter of a million dollar windfall. “I think we’re still waiting for it to sink in.”
One Stop, 1415 Plainfield Road, Joliet, will receive $2,500, 1
percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket.