According to a news statement, Geraldine Pryer says her son Terry bought the winning ticket on May 30 at Kum & Go, 402 Massey Blvd., but didn’t believe he won the money until he claimed the ticket on June 2 at the Lottery office in Springfield.
“I wanted to make sure it wasn’t fake or anything,” Terry says. “I’ve never won that much on just one Scratcher! I put it in a book so I’d know where it was at, and I kept getting it out and looking.”
After claiming the prize, Geraldine says she still didn’t have any plans for the money.
“I can’t think of anything I need,” she says. “But, I’m sure I’ll spend it. I’ve got grandkids.”
Geraldine joked that maybe she can quit her job as a Wal-Mart greeter. Terry, 53, works at Sam’s Club.
The mother and son say they will split the lump-sum payment of $700,000.
The scratcher, “$1,000,000 Platinum Payout,” is a $10 game that officially began May 19.
This is the first of three $1 million top prizes to be claimed in the game; two more remain.
Copyright 2015 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.