Social Security Recipient in Illinois Nails a $500 a Week for Life Top Prize



Life can be a challenge, as we all know. And balancing a budget on a small, fixed income in never easy–as Sue Hockenbury of Washington, Illinois can attest.

Hockenbury, 66, has been living on modest, monthly social security benefits over the last two years. Thankfully, she has four children living in the area who freely contribute to their mom’s income when unexpected expenses arise.

Now, thanks to winning a $500 A Week for Life Lottery prize, Hockenbury will be in a position to return the favor to her loving and supportive children and their families.

The good Lord has been looking after me for many years”and still is, said Hockenbury, who retired two years ago. An occasional Lottery player, Hockenbury said the most she ever won prior to the Cash For Life prize was $10. I’m still having a hard time believing I won a prize like this, she said. She is the third Peoria-area resident to date to claim a top prize in one of the Lottery’s Cash For Life instant games.

Hockenbury bought her winning ticket the Friday before New Year’s Eve. She wasn’t planning to buy a Lottery ticket. But, after finding a $1 bill in her pocket, she pointed to the $1 Cash For Life ticket and said, give me one of those.  It turned out to be one of the best decisions of her life.

After returning home she sat down with a cup of re-warmed coffee and played the scratch game. I kept saying to myself, “this can’t be right.But it was! To confirm the win, Hockenbury took a short drive to her daughter Dawn’s home. When she walked in,

Dawn and her husband, Paul, realized something was not quite normal with their mom/mother-in-law. They kept asking me: are you sick; did you fall down; did you have an accident, said Hockenbury. ‘No,’ I said, “I won the Lottery!’

When asked what she might do to treat herself, Hockenbury says it’s too soon to tell, but a new car may be in her future. I’m just going to bide my time for now, she said.

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