Photo Caption: Ratti Singh, owner of Dundee & Sanders BP in Northbrook, is all smiles after selling a winning $1 million Mega Millions ticket.
Lottery dreams are now a reality for a lucky ticket holder in Illinois – that lucky someone is holding a winning Mega Millions ticket worth a cool $1 million.
This is now the second Illinois Lottery player who has won a prize of $1 million or more playing Mega Millions already this year.
The winning ticket was purchased at Dundee & Sanders BP gas station, located at 4095 Dundee Rd. in Northbrook.
The Lucky winner matched all five numbers, 9-15-46-55-57, to win the $1 million prize in Tuesday night’s drawing.
“My employees and I can’t stop smiling because we are so excited and happy,” said Ratti Singh, Owner of Dundee & Sanders BP. “It wasn’t the massive Powerball jackpot, but a million dollars is still a pretty big prize, and we’ll take that any day.”
When asked if he knew who might have purchased the winning ticket, Singh exclaimed “I have owned this store for over 25 years and know almost everyone that shops here so I have a good feeling that it’s one of my regular lottery players – at least I hope so.”
Retailers who sell winning tickets also have another reason to celebrate, as these wins bring their business a cash selling bonus of one percent of the prize amount. For Dundee & Sanders BP, that means a bonus of $10,000.
“I haven’t figured out what I’m going to do with the bonus but I will definitely use a portion of the money to celebrate with my dedicated employees, and then the rest will most likely go back into my business,” added Singh.
In total, over 19,000 winning tickets were sold for the Tuesday, February 7 Mega Millions drawing.
Winners have one year from the date of the winning draw in which to claim their prize.
The Illinois Lottery encourages all lucky winners to write their name on the back of their ticket and keep it in a safe place until they’re ready to claim their prize.
The next Mega Millions drawing is tomorrow night, February 10 at 10 p.m (CT). The jackpot, up for grabs, is an estimated $50 million.
Mega Millions tickets are $2 each, and players can add the Megaplier for an additional $1 for the chance to multiply non-jackpot prizes. Visit Illinoislottery.com for more information.
About the Illinois Lottery
Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $24 billion (since 1985) to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes. For more information, visit illinoisLottery.com.