CHICAGO – A Chicago man who bought his first $ 20 scrap image is now $ 20 million richer.
Illinois Lottery officials did not reveal the man's name but said he scratched a 20X20 ticket and immediately won the top prize of $ 20,000 for 20 years, resulting in a total prize of $ 20,800.
The man said he has played the Lucky Day Lotto regularly for the past 18 years, but has never won a great prize.
A colleague had tried to convince him to buy an instant ticket and finally, when the two were together at Plaza Food & Liquor, 3459 W. Ogden Ave. in Chicago, the man finally took him on and won BIG.
"I'm planning to buy a house and start my own business," he said. "This winning ticket is my chance to live the American dream."
Plaza Food & Liquor received a $ 208,000 or one percent bonus to sell the winning ticket.