Burr Ridge woman wins $1 million lottery prize

A Burr Ridge woman won $1 million playing the Illinois Lottery by randomly choosing numbers and playing them for a few months.

Jadwiga Nowakowska matched the first five numbers — 10, 12, 13, 46, 50 (21) — in the March 16 Powerball drawing, according to a release from the Illinois Lottery.

Nowakowska found out she won $1 million when she checked the Powerball numbers on the Illinois Lottery website.

“I kept saying, ‘yes, yes, yes’, as I saw each number on my ticket match. I couldn’t believe I won! I called my daughter immediately to share the news!” Nowakowska said in the release.

Nowakowska, who has three children and two grandchildren, said she plans to invest for her grandchildren’s education.

The Speedway at 9059 Route 83 in Burr Ridge received a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.