Nirmal Dhamodarasamy, a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has won $1,000,000 playing Powerball on February 6th. The winning numbers were – 04 – 13 – 31 – 36 – 52 – and the Powerball number was 08.
According reports, a few weeks ago, Dhamodarasamy decided to try his luck in a different way, and instead of buying a ticket at a store, he bought a Powerball subscription via the Illinois Lottery’s online sales channel. “It was very convenient to sign up and buy my tickets online,” Dhamodarasamy said. He won $1 million when he matched the five numbers in the Powerball drawing.
Before Dhamodarasamy received an email from the Illinois Lottery notifying him of his win, he already knew he had won. “That same evening, after I purchased my subscription using Quick Pick numbers, I used the Illinois Lottery app to check the winning numbers. My heart started racing when I realized I had won the lottery. I still can’t believe I won a million dollar!”
Dhamodarasamy, 23, originally from India, is completing his master’s degree in industrial engineering. His plans after the windfall, include bringing his parents here from India for his graduation. When asked what prompted him to start playing Powerball online, he said, “The historic $1.5 billion jackpot sparked my interest. I wanted to try my luck even after it hit!”
Thousands of Illinois residents, 18 and over can buy tickets for Powerball and all of the Illinois Lottery’s draw-based games online or at nearly 8,000 retailers statewide. Players can also use the Illinois Lottery’s mobile app.
The free app., the first of its kind in the United States, is available for download on iOS and Android devices and offers any Illinois adult the chance to purchase lottery tickets on their smartphone.