Robert Kolbe of Wheaton won in the Illinois Mega Millions drawing earlier this month, collecting $250,000 from the Nov. 16 drawing.
Kolbe said in a statement he plays a few dollars a week and has won $150 numerous times, but this is his first big win. He matched the first five numbers—05, 24, 26, 29, 53, according to a press release.
"When I saw that I won, I had to check my ticket again and again to make sure it was indeed a winner. I like to check my tickets online because it's coming straight from the Lottery and narrows the margin of error, so I knew for sure I was a winner," he said.
Kolbe is retired, and works two part-time jobs—one at a golf course and as a consultant, according to the release.
"This win came right on time since golf season is at its end," he said. "I can relax a little and enjoy my retirement."
Kolbe bought the ticket at 7-Eleven in downtown Wheaton. The store will receive $2,500 for selling the winning ticket.