Swansea man wins $1 million in Illinois lottery

SWANSEA, Ill. (KSDK) – Have you ever asked yourself what you'd do if you won a million dollars?

For one Swansea man, it's a practical, rather than philosophical, question. Three years after winning $1,000 in the Illinois State Lottery's St. Patrick's Day Millionaire Raffle, 46-year-old Delbert May is actually a millionaire.

He bought three tickets for this year's drawing, and ultimately won one of four $1 million tickets.

The 20-year Swansea resident and union electrician for Local 309 in Collinsville found out about his good fortune when he got home from work on March 18 and checked illinoislottery.com for the winning numbers.

"It said I was a winner and I thought the prize would be $1,000,"he said. "Then I scrolled down the page and when I saw the number one and then all those zeros, I freaked out!"

He plans to get professional financial advice and invest most of his windfall for retirement. In the meantime, he also plans on splurging on a Caribbean vacation and buying a new truck.

He bought his winning ticket at the Motomart on 733 North Bluff Rd. in Collinsville.

The three other $1 million prize-winning tickets were purchased in Bloomingdale, Decatur and Gillespie.


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