SOUTH ELGIN – A lottery ticket worth $200,000 recently was purchased at a 7-Eleven store at 1230 W. Spring St. in South Elgin. The winner, Elgin resident Jesus Garcia, said he was inspired to play because he saw the No. 5 throughout the day, so he used a $5 bill to buy a $5 "Joker's Wild" instant ticket, according to a news release issued by the Illinois Lottery.
Garcia, 27, said he was with co-workers when he bought his ticket, according to the release. After scratching it in the car, he said they cheered when the number 200 showed up on the ticket. After he realized he had won $200,000, he said they became silent.
“I was so nervous I called my supervisor immediately to ask him what to do," Garcia said. "I followed his advice and rushed to a bank to place the ticket in a safety deposit box.”
Garcia has been working in the construction industry in Illinois for eight years, the release stated. It said that he plans to travel to his native country of Mexico to help his family.
"I want to surprise my parents and my four brothers," he said. "I will let them know they can count on me for my support."
The retailer will receive a $2,000 bonus, 1 percent of the prize amount.