Illinois Woman, 25, Wins $200K Lottery Thanks To "Instinct"

Nicole Gideon decided to play her own numbers and won

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    Illinois Lottery

    Nicole Gideon has some advice for lottery players: “Follow your instinct.”

    The 25-year-old Northbrook woman recently won the $200,000 Lucky Day Lotto jackpot and decided on a whim to play her own numbers, inspired by her family.

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    Gideon, who works as an accountant in Chicago, said she was having lunch with her mother when she decided to use her family members' birthdays.

    “After lunch, we stopped to buy a lottery ticket," she said. "I like to play Quick Picks, but this time I decided to choose my own numbers, and I won!” 

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    She asked her mother to hold onto the ticket and check it for her after the drawing. Her mother found the ticket in her wallet a week later and discovered it was a winner.

    “My mom called me at work to tell me that I won and I thought she was joking," Gideon said. "I couldn’t believe that the numbers I chose actually won.”

    As for what she plans to use the money for, Gideon said she hopes to take a trip to her native country of Morocco.

    The winning ticket was purchased at RSTN Incorporated, a convenience store at 20 N. Clark St. in Chicago.

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