GRANITE CITY — Lifelong Granite City resident Kellie Moussette scratched an Illinois Lottery Fantastic 5s ticket and won a top prize of $250,000.
“It really hasn’t hit me yet; I still can’t believe I won such a big prize,” she said when she presented her winning ticket at the Prize Center in Fairview Heights.
Moussette bought her winning ticket at 508 Variety Shop, 508 E. Chain of Rocks Road in Granite City, and was at a café a block away when she scratched it.
“I went straight back to the store to have them double check my ticket, and when they confirmed the prize amount I felt like I couldn’t breathe,” she said.
She plans to share the windfall with her son, invest for her grandson’s education and buy a truck.
508 Variety Shop received a $2,500 bonus, 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling a winning ticket. Fantastic 5s is a $5 instant ticket offering a top prize of $250,000. Of the three top prizes available, two have not yet been claimed. For information, visit illinoislottery.com.