April 5, 2016
“I survived the Vietnam War and I have a wonderful family,” he stated in the release. “I considered myself a very lucky man even before I won the lottery.”CARTERVILLE — A 70-year-old Vietnam War veteran, retired nurse and grandfather from Carterville has won a $3 million Illinois Lottery prize, the state reported on Tuesday.
According to an Illinois Lottery news release, Bill McCamish recently purchased the winning $3,000,000 Jumbo Bucks ticket at Farm Fresh, 209 N. Division St. in Carterville.
The release said that McCamish picks up his youngest grandchildren on weekday mornings, and drives them to school. After dropping them off one recent morning, he stopped at the store to buy a copy of The Southern Illinoisan and the instant ticket, which cost him $20.
During the Vietnam War, McCamish was a Navy hospital corpsman. Back home, he worked as a registered nurse for 44 years until his retirement. McCamish, according to the release, said he plans to share his winnings with his son and daughter, make investments to help his six grandchildren pay for college, and put the rest in the bank for now.
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