Itasca man wins $250,000 in the lottery

Updated 3/4/2014 6:12 PM
  • Kenneth Jakubzak

    Kenneth Jakubzak

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.

"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.

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