Monticello woman hits $4 million lottery jackpot

Monticello woman hits $4 million lottery jackpot

MONTICELLO — Monticello's Peggy Tracy was in her parked car when she scratched her lottery ticket and discovered a $4 million win.

Next, she called her husband.

“I was shaking so badly, I thought he might have to come and drive me home," she said.

Tracy bought her winning 100X The Cash ticket at Village Pantry, 451 S. Railroad St., in Paxton. Village Pantry will receive $40,000, equal to 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket.

Tracy chose to take her Illinois Lottery prize as a one-time payment of $2,400,000 (less withholding).  She and her husband plan to share the windfall with their three children and four grandchildren, and invest for retirement.

“We already met with professional financial planners. We are going to be smart with this money,” she said.



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pattis69 wrote on May 18, 2017 at 11:05 am

Congrats to this family for their big lottery win. I hope they will be very careful in who they choose as their financial planner. I made a mistake several years ago when I needed that kind of advice and it took me several months to realize that the planner was taking a big chunk of money from me each month just for doing the planning. The amount he gets paid should be addressed upfront before they hire anyone to take charge of their winnings.