Monday, March 31, 2014

Illinois Lottery Player Claims St Patrick's Day Prize

A forty-six-year-old man from Swansea, Illinois, felt like a million dollars on Saturday when he was presented with the $1 million prize he won in the Illinois Lottery's St. Patrick's Day Millionaire Raffle.

Electrician, Delbert May, discovered he was a winner on March 18, when he went online and checked his numbers and admitted he originally thought his eyes may be playing trick on him.

"I looked at them [the numbers] quite a few times," May said. "Then I started breathing hard—I kind of freaked out. Then I called my mom."

At first May's mother thought he was playing a trick on her until the tone of his voice convinced her he was in earnest.

May picked up his check at the MotoMart convenience store where he purchased his winning ticket.

After state and federal taxes May will retain $700,000 of his winnings and intends to invest most of the money.

The MotoMart will receive a retailer bonus of $10,000 for selling winning ticket.