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Illinois woman wins $15 million on instant lottery ticket

Aug 12, 2015, 9:40 am

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A Hanover Park, Illinois, woman recently won $15 million playing a World Class Millions Illinois Lottery ticket, according to an Illinois Lottery news release.

Michelle Baymon, of Hanover Park, bought one of three existing $15 million prize winning tickets and chose to take a lump sum of $9 million, as it requires less withholding, the release stated.

According to the release, she now plans to buy a house, a new car, invest some of the money and donate to a charity.

Baymon was home when she scratched her ticket and discovered she had become a millionaire.

"I passed it around for everyone in my family to look at it," she said in the release. "We didn't know how to react."

Baymon said she typically buys one or two instant lottery tickets every week, but she was still surprised by the lucky draw.

"This is an incredible blessing," she said. "I never expected something like this to happen to me."

She purchased the winning ticket at the Hanover Park Circle K at 1597 West Irving Park Road. As a bonus for selling the winning ticket, the convenience store will receive one percent of the prize amount, $150,000, according to the release.

World Class Millions is a $30 instant ticket offering three top prizes of $15 million and seven prizes of $1 million. Two of the top prizes, and six $1 million prizes have not been claimed, according to the release.

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