Mailman is first Chicago 'Cash for Life' winner

May 19, 2011 3:25:56 PM PDT
A North Side postal worker is the first Chicago winner of the Illinois lottery's "Cash for Life" instant ticket game.

Jose Garcia bought a $1 ticket at a Northwest Side pizza shop and it turned out to be a winner.

"We won $500 a week for life," Garcia said.

The game also includes payouts of $1,000 and even $2,500 a week for life.

Garcia says his lottery windfall will have an immediate impact on his life.

"It's exciting. This means I don't have to worry about how or where my next check will come from, thanks to the lottery," Garcia said.

Garcia said he plans on paying off some expenses and taking his family on a trip to Puerto Rico.


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