Joliet man wins $1 million in lottery
From Staff Reports October 15, 2012 2:08PM
Ray Hibler of Joliet won $1 million in the Illinois Lottery's Mega Millions. | submitted photo
Updated: November 17, 2012 6:16AM
JOLIET — A Joliet man won $1 million in the Mega Millions lottery.
“Shocked” is a fitting description of how Ray Hibler, an electrical designer, felt when he discovered his win.
“I’ve never had a million dollars in my pocket before. This is a very big deal,” Hibler said.
Hibler works for an engineering firm in the western suburbs. He and his wife, Connie, have six children.
They plan to meet with a financial adviser to make investments, but also set aside some “mad” money for a Florida vacation and a new truck.
“I’d like to replace my ’95 Ford pickup,” Hibler said.
Hibler bought his winning Quick Pick ticket along with a Megaplier at Thornton Gas and Food Mart, 1602 Essington Road.
After checking his ticket at a store, he went home to have his wife double-check the winning numbers on the Illinois Lottery website.
“We just set the ticket on the coffee table and looked at it. We had a hard time sleeping that night,” Hibler said.
He matched the first five numbers: 6-8-14-43-56-(28) in the Sept. 28 drawing. Match 5 payouts are usually $250,000 but since Hibler purchased the Megaplier, he quadrupled his wins.
Thornton Gas and Food Mart will receive a $10,000 bonus, 1 percent of the jackpot amount, for selling a winning ticket.