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$1 million Powerball ticket sold at Schnucks in DeKalb

Schnucks, 975 S. Annie Glidden Road, in DeKalb is shown Monday afternoon.
Schnucks, 975 S. Annie Glidden Road, in DeKalb is shown Monday afternoon.

DeKALB – Check your lottery tickets, DeKalb residents and recent visitors, a winning $1 million Powerball ticket was sold at Schnucks.

The ticket was bought at Schnucks, 975 S. Annie Glidden Road, and matched all five numbers – 1-2-3-7-39 – in Saturday night’s drawing to win the prize, Illinois Lottery spokesman Jason Schaumburg said. The only missing match to win $224 million was the Powerball number, which was 25. Schaumburg said no one won the big jackpot, so you’re still in the running for the pot, which is estimated to be $242 million when the numbers are drawn Wednesday.

Schaumburg said no one has claimed the $1 million prize, as far as he knows. He said the agency advises prize winners to consult with an attorney or a financial adviser before claiming large prize amounts such as this.

“Every winner is different,” Schaumburg said. “With a prize amount at this level, it’s not that uncommon for us to see weeks or even months go by before someone makes the claim.”

Travis Wilhite, store manager for the DeKalb store, said he became aware of the announcement through a news report Monday afternoon. He declined to comment further and referred additional comment to the Schnucks headquarters in St. Louis.

The Illinois Lottery urges winners to sign the back of their tickets and keep them in a safe place until they visit one of the lottery’s five prize centers in Chicago, Des Plaines, Rockford, Springfield or Fairview Heights, according to an Illinois Lottery news release. Winners have one year from the original drawing date to claim their prize.

Schnucks will receive a $10,000 bonus, 1 percent of the prize of amount, for selling the winning ticket.

“Our company does receive it, but it is credited to that store,” said Paul Simon, a spokesman for Schnucks.

Powerball drawings are at
9:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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