Hoffman Estates resident Lilia Martinez picks up her "check" for $1,040,000 in a ceremony Tuesday at the Jewel on Roselle Road in Hoffman Estates. In fact, she's being paid in 20 annual installments. She won the money at that same Jewel in an instant lottery game.
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Hoffman Estates resident Lilia Martinez thought she won $1,000 after playing an instant lottery game. Instead, she'd won that money every week for the next 20 years. “At first I thought it was only $1,000,” said Lilia Martinez, laughing.