Officials announced that a convenience store in Wauconda has sold a winning $1 million dollar lottery ticket, which is the second time the store has sold a ticket of $1 million or more since 2019.
The ticket was sold at Minuteman Convenience Center, 205 North Main Street in Wauconda.
The person who bought the ticket matched all six Lotto Million 2 numbers in the Thursday draw. Those numbers were 2-6-16-21-44-48.
The lotto player is now the 11th person to win a prize of one million dollars or more since January, according to the Illinois Lottery.
The store’s manager, Jerri Blanton, said she does not know who won but can “almost guarantee” the winner is a regular player from the local area.
“I’ve worked at this store for over 28 years and know almost every customer by name – we are like family here,” Blanton said.
The Minuteman store also sold a $6.25 million winning jackpot ticket in 2019.
“I think this store can now qualify as a ‘lucky’ store,” said Bill McCloskey, COO of Minuteman.
“We currently operate 12 stores in the Chicagoland area, and the Wauconda store has by far celebrated the most lottery wins in the past three years,” McCloskey said.
The Wauconda Minuteman store will receive one percent — or $10,000 — for selling the latest winning ticket of $1 million.
Winners have one year from the date of the winning draw to claim their prize.
The Illinois Lottery said they encourage winners to write their name on the back of their ticket and keep it in a safe place until they are ready to claim their prize.