OAK BROOK, Ill. -- Robert "Bob" Schuit has been playing the Illinois Lottery since the very first draw in 1974 but he has never won big -- until now.
The 91-year-old Oak Brook man won $1,000,000 when his Powerball ticket matched five numbers: 03-04-18-29-61 in the Wednesday, March 21, drawing.
Schuit said he couldn't believe it when he found out he won.
“You always got that in the back of your mind. You are hoping you are going to win,” he said.
Schuit said he might remodel his apartment he shares with his wife with his money. And despite his big win, his gambling days aren’t over but not because he’s greedy.
“Oh yeah, go to keep playing the lotto you know keep the spools going,” he said.
A retiree, Schuit was a lifelong bachelor until marrying his wife nearly 10 years ago. He also plans to save or invest his money and plans to donate some of it to charity.
Schuit said he has some nieces and nephews but he said he hasn’t told anyone about his big win except for his sister and a few close friends.
Those who know Schuit even in passing said besides being a great guy, he’s a great golfer and just a really pleasant person to be around.
Schuit bought his winning ticket at 7-Eleven, 301 N. Cass Ave., in Westmont. The retailer received a bonus of $10,000, one percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket.