Metra Conductor Wins $1,000 Prize On Ultimate Millions Instant Ticket
AURORA – A Metra conductor from Aurora, Illinois who is used to riding the railroad is now on track to celebrate a sweet win after cashing in a $1,000 prize on an Ultimate Millions instant ticket.
The player, who wanted to share his story anonymously, didn’t have long to wait to uncover his win as he started scratching his ticket from end to end right in the store. He bought his ticket at his favorite retailer, Paul and Bill’s Mobil gas station located at 300 W. Galena Blvd. in Aurora, Illinois.
“My winning moment was pretty cool. I was at the gas station and I knew I was hitting a lot of the numbers. When I realized I had won, I yelled, ‘winner!’ and the clerk looked at me. He was really excited too, ” he said.
The regular lottery player was so excited that he couldn't keep the good news to himself. “The first people I told were my co-workers who I have known for a long time,” he said. “I have been a train conductor for the Metra for the past 25 years.”
This longtime lottery fan is a regular scratch-offs player and has recently enjoyed a number of the new tickets, including the Gold Jackpot family of instant ticket games. “I have been playing the Illinois Lottery for 31 years and this is a large prize, but it won’t be my last,” he laughed.
His advice to fellow players is to keep playing. “I would say never give up and keep scratching!”
About the Illinois Lottery:
Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $21 billion (since 1985) to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like homelessness prevention, Illinois Veterans services, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, Special Olympics, police memorials and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for all draw-based Illinois Lottery games at illinoislottery.com. Players must be at least 18 years old.