The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought the winning ticket at the Paris Food Store, located at 9000 West 9 Mile Road in Oak Park.
“I froze up and thought I was dreaming when I saw I won $4 million,” said the player. “It’s just unbelievable.”
The player recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim the big prize. He chose to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $2.5 million, rather than 30 annuity payments for the full amount. With his winnings, the player plans to pay off his debts and invest in real estate.
“It’s truly a blessing for my family. It’s a gift from God to win this money,” the player said.
Players have won more than $35 million playing $150,000,000 Payout, which launched in February. Each $30 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $30 up to $4 million. More than $137 million in prizes remain, including two $4 million top prizes, 48 $10,000 prizes, 120 $5,000 prizes, and 1,169 $2,000 prizes.
Lottery instant games may be purchased at 11,000 retailers across the state.
In 2017, Lottery players won more than $960 million playing instant games.