Nov. 20, 2013 – Michael Thomson, a Firefighter from Palatine, Ill. is the third of four new Illinois millionaires after his raffle number was drawn as a $1 million winner in the Illinois Lottery’s Halloween Millionaire Raffle.
Thomson said he and some co-workers all bought their Raffle tickets on the same day, while they were out to lunch, but he told the Lottery never expected to have the lucky ticket that beat the odds.
He told the Lottery that he was at his firehouse when a co-worker told him a $1 million winning ticket had been sold at the store where they all bought their tickets.
Thomson said he asked his girlfriend to read off the winning numbers from the Illinois Lottery’s website, and sure enough, they all matched his ticket.
“Everyone was so happy for me, ” he told the Lottery. “I couldn’t stop staring at my ticket, I couldn’t believe it!”
Thomson is the third of four new millionaires to claim his prize, following Lisa Hensley, who claimed her prize Thursday, and Nico Digrindakis, who won the $1 million prize his first time playing the Raffle.