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TOLEDO (JG-TC) -- Daniel Henson of Toledo has won a $75,000 Illinois Lottery prize.

An Illinois Lottery press release reported that Henson scratched an Ultimate Crossword ticket and thought he won $1,000. When Henson visited the Illinois Lottery Prize Center in Fairview Heights and presented his ticket to claim his prize, he learned that he actually won $75,000.

“I was shocked! I kept asking the lottery staff, 'Is this a joke? Are you kidding me?,'" Henson said in the press release.

An occasional lottery player, Henson was getting a cup of coffee the Circle K at 103 W. Jourdan St. in Newton when he bought his winning ticket.

"When I saw the tickets, I had a feeling that I should get one. I guess I chose the right one," Henson said. He plans to spend his winnings on home improvements.

Circle K received $750, 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket. Ultimate Crossword is a $25 instant ticket featuring top prizes of $750,000 and $75,000. Two of the $750,000 prizes and 18 of the $75,000 prizes have not been claimed. For more information, visit


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