Elgin Resident Rakes In Mega Cash

Wins $2,000,000 Illinois Lottery Prize

Mary Michaud displays her winning Mega Cash instant ticket.

Mary Michaud displays her winning Mega Cash instant ticket.

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Elgin, IL—April 8, 2013—While her husband raked the lawn on Good Friday, Mary Michaud relaxed on their front porch by scratching a Mega Cash instant ticket… and instantly became $2million richer. “I shouted to my husband and I cried and I ran to the neighbor’s house to have them check the ticket! It’s been a crazy, exciting time. The rake is still lying on our front lawn!” Michaud said when she presented her winning ticket at the Illinois Lottery Prize Center in Des Plaines.

“I always hoped to win big, but never really thought I would,” said Michaud, who stared at her winning Mega Cash ticket in disbelief. Immediately after discovering her win, she and her husband Gil met with a financial advisor. They plan to invest the winnings wisely, with the futures of their three children being a top priority. “And we may splurge on one luxury item… a Harley Davidson Motorcycle,” added Gil.

Michaud bought her winning ticket out of the instant ticket dispensing machine at McLean BP, 1190 North McLean Boulevard in Elgin. “I like the scratch tickets, they’re fun,” she said. The Illinois lottery held a check presentation today at the store. McLean BP will receive a $20,000 bonus, 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling a winning ticket. Michaud chose the cash option payment of $1,200,000 and will receive $840,000 after required state and federal withholding.

Mega Cash is a $10 instant ticket with a top prize of $2,000,000. Players have 15 chances to win on every ticket. Overall odds of winning a Mega Cash prize are 3.56 to 1. For more information, please visit


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