An Itasca man is $250,000 richer after buying a winning Lucky Day Lotto ticket at a Bensenville convenience store.
Kenneth Jakubzak, a 66-year-old currency trader, says he plans to use the money he won to pay for college for his two children.
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"My priority is to help my children fulfill their educational aspirations," Jakubzak said in a statement. His 22-year-old daughter recently graduated from the University of Iowa and plans to go to medical school. His 21-year-old son is attending college.
While Jakubzak bought the winning ticket last month at the Bensenville 7-Eleven, 1156 South York Road, lottery officials didn't publicize his good fortune until Tuesday.
Jakubzak, who is a regular Lucky Day Lotto player, was at the 7-Eleven buying groceries with his daughter when she reminded him to get his ticket.
Random chance determined the numbers on Jakubzak's ticket. The winning numbers of 3-6-16-17-28 were an exact match in the Feb. 19 drawing, officials said.
Lottery officials said the owner of the store that sold the winning ticket will receive a $2,500 bonus, which is equal to 1 percent of the prize amount.