Naperville man wins $500,000 from lottery ticket

Darren Dixon of Naperville holds his $500,000 winning instant ticket at the Illinois Lottery Prize Center in Des Plaines.  |  Submitted
Darren Dixon of Naperville holds his $500,000 winning instant ticket at the Illinois Lottery Prize Center in Des Plaines. | Submitted

Darren Dixon of Naperville got a surprise recently that will make him a whole lot richer.

“I sat down with a cup of coffee to play my Rockin’ Bingo ticket and when I saw that I won half a million dollars I was shocked,” he said. “I jumped up and nearly spilled my coffee.”

Dixon was at home when he scratched his winning lottery ticket.

“I really enjoy playing this game because there are 10 bingo cards on the ticket and it takes a while to scratch and find out if you won,” he said.

He plans to use the windfall to pay bills, pay off his mortgage and invest.

When asked if he had any advice for other players he said: “Try your luck with a ticket because I am proof that you really can win.”

Dixon bought his winning ticket at Bucky’s Express, 1304 Plainfield Road in Naperville. The retailer will receive a $5,000 bonus, 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket.

Rockin’ Bingo is a $10 instant Illinois Lottery ticket with a top prize of $500,000.

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