An Albany, Illinois waitress says she plans to use her lottery winnings to repay friends and family who have helped her.
Deeandra Harden won $1,000 a week for 20 years playing the Illinois Lottery “The Good Life” instant lottery game.
The prize is awarded in quarterly cash payments to winners who play the $1 “The Good Life” game. Lottery officials say players can also buy instant tickets for $2, $5 and $10. Top prize winners can win more than $10 million payable over 20 years.
Harden said family and friends gave her support as she was having a hard time making ends meet. It is those people whose kindness she plans to repay first.
“This win is for the people who have been there for me,” Harden said.