Man wins $500 per week for life on Illinois Lottery

CHICAGO, IL – Jose Garcia, from North Side, Chicago has won a $500 per week for life prize from the Illinois Lottery’s Cash for Life instant win scratch card.

Garcia, a postal worker, had been on holiday from his work when he decided to purchase the scratch card. While on vacation, he had spent all his time with his mother, taking her to all her favourite places.

After the initial shock of seeing a winning ticket and checking it with his mother, Mr Garcia knew he had won big.

Speaking to the press at his official cheque presentation, Jose said, “It’s really shocking. There’s only 6 tickets in entire state. It’s awesome, a great feeling.”

The Illinois Lottery only launched the Cash for Life game in April. The top prizes include $500 per week for life, $1,000 per week for life and $2,500 per week for life.

As for his plans with the money, Garcia said he plans to pay some bills and go travelling, with his mother of course.

Published: May 20, 2011

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