Durand Bank Teller Will Make Biggest Deposit Of Her Life, After Winning $1mil Lottery Prize

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October 24, 2012 – Durand IL – Durand bank teller Pam Thompson is looking forward to making the deposit of a lifetime into her own account, after winning a $1 million prize from the Lottery’s Cash Spectacular instant game.  The Illinois Lottery presented her a ceremonial check today for $1,000,000 at Kinney’s Pump House in Durand, the store where she bought her ticket. 

Thompson was at home with her husband, Ron, when she scratched her winning ticket.  “I always scratch my tickets from right to left--a bit odd, but in this case I kept seeing zeros, then more zeros.  Finally, I saw $1,000,000!” she said.    

"Pam's experience proves that with the lottery 'Anything's Possible'," said Lottery Superintendent Michael Jones.  "Whether you scratch an instant ticket from right to left, or left to right, at the store or at home, if luck is on your side, you just might win a million dollars."

Pam Thompson is a part-time bank teller at State Bank of Davis.  Her husband is a self-employed construction worker.  They have three daughters and five grandsons.  They plan on investing their winnings and paying off some bills.  “We would love to be debt-free and not have to worry about money,” she said. 

While explaining how she shared the good news with her family, Thompson said she took one of her daughters out for lunch to tell her.  “This isn’t something you should tell people over the phone,” she said, adding, “but then my daughter was so excited she couldn’t eat!”

The Lottery also presented Kinney’s Pump House a ceremonial bonus check for $10,000 for selling the winning ticket.  “It’s wonderful to have one of our regular customers, a member of our community, win a big lottery prize,” store owner Harry Bowen said. 

Thompson purchases two or three instant tickets a week. “Don’t give up,” is her advice for other lottery players, “Anything really is possible!”  After required state and federal withholding, Thompson’s Lottery check will be $700,000, far and away the largest single deposit she has been part of during her 7 years as a bank teller. Her Lottery check will arrive in about 3 weeks.


About $200,000,000 Cash Spectacular

•       $10 Instant game

•       25 prizes of $1 million

•       10 top prizes unclaimed


About Illinois Lottery

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