WHEATON – Wheaton resident Sandy McDuffee plans to buy a house after scratching off a $250,000 Crossword ticket and instantly winning a top prize of $250,000.
McDuffee bought her winning ticket at the 7-Eleven store at 0S027 Winfield Road near Winfield.
“I like the Crossword ticket because it takes a while to play and it’s entertaining,” McDuffee said in a Feb. 17 news release from the Illinois Lottery.
Initially thinking she had won a $25,000 prize, she asked the clerk to scan her ticket and confirm her win.
“I was shocked when the clerk said I actually won $250,000," she said in the release. "I started shaking like a leaf!”
She immediately signed the back of the ticket, put it in her purse and drove to the Illinois Lottery Prize Center in Des Plaines to claim her prize. The 7-Eleven store received $2,500, 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket.
The $250,000 Crossword is a $10 instant ticket with a top prize of $250,000. Of the 16 top prizes available, 12 have not yet been claimed.