Regardless of ever-changing formats, a massive lottery win still represents the ultimate flight of fancy for millions across the globe. In Illinois, several players of the state-run game there hit gold in 2015, bringing those long-held fantasies to life. However, harsh reality intervened and their dreams of great riches seemed as distant as ever. The winners lost out after the authorities stepped in and made them wait for their prize cash worth several fortunes in total.
These Illinois citizens had won life-changing sums of money, with individual and group players subsequently able to finalize some long-term plans. For Susan Rick of Aurora, Chicago, her boyfriend had a winning ticket worth $250,000. Elsewhere in the metropolis, a number of employees working for the city scooped a pool total of $1 million. State resident Helen Whitfield’s family were on course to pick up $400,000, prompting them to arrange a move to Florida.