Gurnee resident Dave Martinez has made a trip many of us aspire for. On his 60th birthday on the 21st of November, he took a trip to the offices of the Illinois Lottery to claim a $2 million instant ticket prize.
A win of just $100 on 18th Nov. made Martinez want to go back to the same store for another one. On the morning of the 19th, he once again visited the Citgo station in Gurnee and bought an Illinois Lottery Millionaire scratch-off ticket along with his morning hot chocolate. He immediately saw $100,000 printed on it and assumed that’s all he won. On closer inspection, it turned out he had won the top prize of $100,000 a year for 20 years.
He started jumping up and down and his wife had to calm him down, and ask him to sign the back of the ticket. He later chose to receive the full $2 million in 20 x $100,000 a year installments.
Now the lucky man is thinking going on a trip to Hawaii that he has always wanted, but first he will prioritize paying off his bills. He also says he will use part of his winnings on wise investments.