Checks, Please: Lottery Gives $1M Winners Oversize Recognition (Video)

Cathy McGuinn and brothers Tom and Jeff Blokel received the big check treatment from Illinois Lottery officials Thursday in honor of their $1 million ticket. Watch highlights from the event at Boston's Gourmet Pizza in Tinley Park.

It's been just more than two weeks, since brothers Tom and Jeff Blokel and Cathy McGuinn found out the lottery ticket they bought together won them $1 million. And it's been about a week since they claimed their prize from the Illinois Lottery.

On Thursday, the trio wrapped up their whirlwind experience with an official ceremony at Boston's Gourmet Pizza at Brookside Marketplace, the place they purchased their winning Halloween Millionaire Raffle ticket. The event, put on by the Illinois Lottery, included congratulations from Deputy Lottery Supt. Victor Golden and the obligatory oversized checks.

Now McGuinn, of Tinley Park, and the Boleks—Tom's from Tinley Park and Jeff's from Oak Forest— can return to their normal routines. Just with $333,333 extra in their bank accounts.

Watch the video in the media gallery for highlights of the check ceremony at Boston's on Thursday, Nov. 15.

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