Illinois Town with Population Over 1,000, Hits Jackpot with $1 Million Mega Millions Ticket


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Mitchell, IL – In a stroke of luck, the small town of Mitchell, Illinois, with just over 1,000 residents, has found itself in the spotlight after a $1 million Mega Millions ticket was sold at a local store. The winning ticket was purchased at 508 Variety Shop, located at 508 E. Chain of Rocks Road, for the draw on January 16.

Amber Ronk, the store owner, shared her excitement and belief that the winner might be a regular customer, given the close-knit nature of the community. Ronk’s own story with the store adds a personal touch to the win. From cashier to owner, her journey reflects the store’s integral role in the town’s fabric. The store is set to receive a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. Ronk plans to use this windfall for a family vacation, emphasizing the importance of balancing business challenges with personal life.

This event has not only brought joy to the small community of Mitchell but also to the state of Illinois, with over 21,000 winning tickets sold in the latest Mega Millions drawing. The next drawing, with an estimated $236 million jackpot, is scheduled for Friday, January 19. Mega Millions tickets are available at local stores, online, or through the Illinois Lottery app, offering residents a chance to dream big. For more details, visit


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