Wheaton resident wins $250,000 in Illinois Mega Millions drawing
|Robert Kolbe of Wheaton holds his winning Illinois Mega Millions ticket.|
Wheaton retiree Robert Kolbe has played the lottery many times throughout his life, but Nov. 16 marked the first time he's won big, taking in $250,000 from that day’s Mega Millions drawing.
“I’ve always played, and I get payouts here and there,” Kolbe said in a release. “I’ve won $150 numerous times, but I’ve never won this much.”
According to the release, Kolbe was at home when he checked the Illinois Lottery’s website to see if he had a winning ticket.
“When I saw that I won, I had to check my ticket again and again to make sure it was indeed a winner,” he said.
Kolbe is retired but works two part-time jobs: one at a golf course and the other as a consultant. He said he plans to pay off bills with his winnings and then save the rest.
“This win came right on time since golf season is at its end,” Kolbe said. “I can relax a little and enjoy my retirement.”
Kolbe purchased his winning ticket at 7-Eleven, 326 West Liberty Drive in Wheaton. The retailer will receive a $2,500 bonus — one percent of the prize amount — for selling a winning ticket.
The Mega Millions drawing takes place at 10 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, and the current estimated jackpot is $33 million. For more information, please visit www.illinoislottery.com.