People usually play the lottery hoping a win will give them access to things they do not yet have. Many are content with dreaming of winning millions they can then spend to live a life of luxury. Some others, like Michael MacAuley want more.
When MacAuley bought a $10 scratcher from a ticket vending machine at U.S. Tobacco in Crest Hill, he did not know that it would change his life in a big way. But when he scratched off his ticket, a $500,000 jackpot prize was revealed.
Instead of planning to buy cars, homes or luxury items, the winner wants to invest the money in his own education. He says he has always wanted to go to college and with this win, he now can!
U.S. Tobacco earned a bonus of $5,000 (1% of the prize money) for selling the winning ticket.