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$3.7 million Lotto ticket sold in Rolling Meadows

A $3.7 million winning lottery ticket was sold at the Meijer in Rolling Meadows, officials said on Thursday. The winner has yet to come forward.

A $3.7 million winning lottery ticket was sold at the Meijer in Rolling Meadows, officials said on Thursday. The winner has yet to come forward.

 

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A $3.7 million winning Lotto ticket was sold at the Meijer in Rolling Meadows, Illinois Lottery officials said Thursday, but the winner has not yet come forward.

The winning numbers -- 4, 24, 26, 39, 40 and 44 -- were announced Wednesday. Officials don't know when the winning ticket was sold, only that it was bought at Meijer, 1301 Meijer Drive, lottery spokesman Mike Lang said.

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Lang said the store will get $37,500 -- equal to 1 percent of the jackpot -- as a bonus for selling the winning ticket.

"That's part of the reason retailers sell the tickets, they hope to sell a big one and earn a big bonus," he added.

Store officials said they weren't aware of the winning ticket yet on Thursday morning.

If the winner decides to take the cash option, they will walk away with about $2.84 million after taxes, Lang said.

Winners have up to a year to collect their prize money, but Lang said they usually come forward within a week.

The last time someone in Illinois won a larger prize from the Lotto was a $6 million payout from a winning ticket in August.

Lotto numbers are selected on Mondays, Wednesday and Saturdays and the jackpot has now been reset to the $2 million starting amount for the next drawing.

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