A recent winner of the Mega Millions Lottery has come forward to claim his prize – which also happens to be a record-breaking jackpot prize for his native Illinois.
Seventy year old Jesus Davila Jr. of Naperville, Illinois came forward this Tuesday to collect his check for his $265 million Mega Millions grand prize. The retired truck driver was elated to receive his winnings and seemed even too beside himself to make any comments during the press conference. Michael Jones, director of the Illinois Lottery had this to say:
“Mr. Davila did not come forward right away but he did research into what to do with this kind of enormous windfall, which is what we wish every lottery winner would do … he spent a couple of weeks doing that then reached out and contacted us. We met with him and his representatives to make sure this was the winning ticket. A ticket is not a winning ticket until it’s verified by the lottery.”
The win marks a new record for Mega Millions as the highest jackpot prize winning in the history of lottery for the state of Illinois. The winner claims his ticket was purchased on the Friday of the Mega Millions draw, around 6:19pm from Bucky’s Express in Glendale Heights. (How’s that for last minute playing and winning, no need to run around last minute though, when you play lottery online with PlayHugeLottos.com). The January 16th draw saw Davila matching all six lottery numbers of: 26, 32, 44, 45, 58, and 11. The lucky winner opted for a $5 Quick Pick ticket which saw him to victory.
Jesus Davila has four children as well as four grandchildren and chose to take the lump sum payment instead of receiving his jackpot $265 million over the course of 30 years. The once-off lump sum payment then still amounted to a very lavish jackpot total of $127 million after taxes.
What would Davila like to spend his winnings on? Well apart from spending on his family, for himself Jesus would like to:
“He’s retired, a professional driver and now his dream is to buy a home. He told me [he wanted to buy] a big home with a big lawn so that he can get a big lawnmower and drive it all the time,” mentions Davila’s representative Robert Kolt.
A simple man with simple ambitions – but with a jackpot prize that is not simple or basic in the least. The lucky lotto winner’s grand prize will grant him life-long prosperity and true financial freedom if spent well and wisely. We wish the lucky winner the best of luck for the future.
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