Local couple win big lottery

By WEEK Producer

Local couple win big lottery

April 9, 2014 Updated Apr 9, 2014 at 10:42 PM CDT

PONTIAC, Ill. -- A Pontiac couple is going to get a big payout every year thanks to the Illinois lotto.

Ron Minnaert bought a hit or miss jackpot ticket at the Shell Gas Station in Pontiac.

He forgot about it until a colleague told him a winning ticket had been sold at that exact same station.

Minnaert found the ticket in his wallet and it was the winner.

All 12 numbers matched, which means he won $2.25 million.

On Wednesday, Minnaert got a check for $250,000 of the prize, and will get the rest of the money in $100,000 chunks for the next 20 years.

Minnaert plans to use the money for home renovations.

The gas station also gets a $22,500 bonus for selling the ticket.