Southern Illinois resident wins $6.25 million in the lottery

A Southern Illinois man has won $6,250,000 with the same lucky numbers he has played for the last three decades. He matched all six numbers in the February 10th drawing.

The gamer, market air traffic controller and officer who requested anonymity during the time of his claim, is at disbelief as he received the e-mail notifying him of his win in the iLottery online platform.

“I check my email every day so when I opened up the content I did a double along with triple-take. I couldn’t accept is as true! I needed to call my spouse at work to determine the figures too,” the iLottery champion stated.

After his wife of 56 years confirmed the figures all matched, they spoke to their kids to talk about the large news after which they made their winnings wish list.

“We have three children, so securing their future financially is a vital initial step for all of us. I purchased myself a large-screen TV and we intend to remodel the kitchen and our game room. This summertime, hopefully we’ll take a riverboat cruise and purchase a brand new car and motorcycle,” he stated.

Paying it forward is also of huge importance to this lottery champion; he intends to donate a portion of the prize to a couple of non-profit organizations which are near and dear to his family’s heart.

“We intend to donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Shriners Hospitals, as well as also to the St. Louis Hope Lodge, which provides support to the families of patients dealing with a cancer diagnosis and coverings.”

The winner had these final words to share with other players who aspire to win the jackpot one day:

“I’ve been playing the Illinois Lottery for over 20 years and my advice is to go slow and be persistent,” he said. “You’ve got to be really, really lucky and you have got to buy a ticket.”

More than 74,500 other prizes ranging from $1 to $1,000 were won in this Lotto drawing. In all, players won more than $6,400,000, in this drawing. Lotto drawings are three days per week at 9:22 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Saturday. To learn more or to play online, visit Lottery.com.

A version of this story originally appeared here.

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