A north suburban man hit the jackpot—$1 million worth—in the Illinois Lottery’s $300,000,000 Cash Spectacular.
Paul Veselack, 53, of Libertyville, works in the healthcare industry and is married with two children, according to a statement from the Illinois Lottery.
“I froze when I realized I had won and I just stared at my ticket,” said Veselack, who was in his kitchen when he discovered his win by scratching his ticket with a quarter.
He immediately signed the back of the ticket and called his wife to tell her the news.
“I was drawn by the name of the $300,000,000 Cash Spectacular instant game and decided to play it. I am still in shock that I won a million dollars!” Veselack said in the statement.
He plans to invest the money towards retirement and pay for his children’s education.
The winning ticket was purchased at 7-Eleven at 645 North State Street in Chicago, which received a bonus of $10,000.
Veselack, who chose to collect his prize in a one-time payment of $600,000 before taxes, offered his advice to other lottery players: “You can’t win if you don’t play!”