Updated: April 25, 2013 6:38AM
An Alsip woman who listens to her gut — and her sister — parlayed that into a $1 million jackpot, the Illinois Lottery said this week.
Alice Griffin is only a self-described “once-in-a-while” lottery player, but she decided to buy a ticket at Danny’s Market Place in Blue Island while running errands, the lottery said in a news release.
She previously had won $5,000 on a Cash Spectacular scratch-off ticket, so that’s what she selected.
“I took the ticket home and didn’t scratch it until the next day,” Griffin said in the release. “When I play a scratch ticket, I don’t scratch the whole thing. I remove just enough to see my winning numbers. When I saw I had an ‘auto win,’ I thought I had won $10 or so. When I saw it was $1 million, I was in disbelief.”
Griffin took the $600,000 lump-sum payout and will receive $420,000 after tax withholding, the lottery said. She wasn’t sure what she was going to do with the money, but was grateful to her sister, who talked her into playing about two years ago.
“I’m happy she did,” Griffin said in the release. “I’ve won big twice. Who can say they’ve had that much luck?”
Danny’s Market will receive a $10,000 bonus, 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling a winning ticket, the lottery said.