Retired driver wins $265M jackpot in Mega Millions drawing
CHICAGO (AP) -- A 70-year-old retired professional driver from suburban Chicago came forward Tuesday to claim the largest lottery prize in Illinois history.
Jesus Davila Jr. of Naperville was presented with an oversized check for $265 million at the Illinois Lottery offices in downtown Chicago. The first line of numbers on Davila's $5 Quick Pick ticket matched all six numbers to win the jackpot in the Jan. 16 Mega Millions drawing, lottery officials said.
Davila was born in Puerto Rico and moved to the U.S. when he was 6. He lived in Chicago until moving to Naperville five years ago. He has three sons, a daughter and four grandchildren.
He said he plans to share his windfall with his family, invest and donate to his favorite charities.
"I would also like to buy a big house with a really big lawn, and buy a riding lawn mower," he said.
Davila bought the winning ticket Jan. 16 at a Bucky's Express convenience store in Glendale Heights. He consulted with family members and professional financial advisers before coming forward to claim his prize.
Davila opted to take a one-time payment. After taxes, he will receive $126.8 million. The store received a $500,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.