MARQUETTE HEIGHTS — Marquette Heights resident Peggy Thomas scratched a $300,000,000 Cash Spectacular ticket and instantly won a top prize of $1,000,000.  “When I received my money from the Lottery, I went out right away and bought new cars for my two sons and my granddaughter.  It felt wonderful!” 

Thomas has lived in Tazewell County all her life.  She was at home when she scratched her ticket and discovered her $1,000,000 win.  “I have always had a feeling that someday I would win a million dollars, so I really wasn’t shocked when it happened.”  She opted to receive her prize as a one-time payment of $600,000 (less required withholding).  After meeting with a professional financial advisor, she invested the remainder of her windfall. 

The winning ticket was purchased at Shell, 700 S. Main St., in Creve Coeur.  The retailer received a bonus of $10,000, equal to one percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket.  $300,000,000 Cash Spectacular is a $10 instant ticket that offers $300,000,000 in prizes.  Of the 35 top prizes of $1 million available to be won, 13 have not been claimed.   For more information, please visit illinoislottery.com.