Retired professional driver Jesus Davila Jr., 70, won $265 million, the largest amount the Illinois Lottery has ever doled out.
“You can’t win if you don’t play, I’m just a regular Joe,” said Davila.
It was quite the change of fortune for this “Joe” because just 20 years ago, he was convicted of a drug felony for the manufacturing and delivery of cocaine. He served one year in jail and 11 years in prison, but since then, he’s been in no trouble.
Davila started a daily routine of stopping for lottery tickets and on Friday, January 16, bought a $5 Quick Pick from Bucky’s Express in Glendale Heights, the day the Mega Millions drawing was to be held.
He watched the drawing, wrote down all the numbers, and thought he only matched five. But his son, Bubba, took a closer look and suddenly realized they were going to be millionaires.
Davila chose the lump sum payout, which comes to about $127 million after taxes.
He has four children and four grandkids. He plans to spend his winnings on a bigger house with a big yard, where he can use a new riding lawnmower.
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