Aurora store waiting for $4 million Lotto winner to come forward
By Denise Linke For The Beacon-News February 13, 2013 2:04PM
Updated: March 15, 2013 12:52PM
AURORA — Rashid Siddiqui, like everyone else, is eager to find out who bought a $4.85 million Lotto ticket sold at his store earlier this month.
Siddiqui is the owner of the 7-Eleven store at 2411 Sullivan Road, where the winning ticket was sold for the Feb. 2 Lotto drawing.
“I’ve been in this business 19 years and this is the first time ever that a ticket from my store has won a jackpot,” Siddiqui said. “I guess the odds aren’t very good for it happening.”
So far, the pricey ticket hasn’t changed much for Siddiqui or the store. The winner has not stepped forward to claim the prize, and no one from the Illinois Lottery Commission has appeared with a giant check and a photographer.
“I haven’t even heard from the state commission,” Siddiqui said this week. “I got a message from (7-Eleven’s) corporate headquarters that a winning Lotto ticket was sold under my agent number.”
While a few customers have commented about the win, people haven’t been flocking to buy tickets at the store in the hopes that lightning will strike twice there.
“There’s been some interest, but the only thing that brings more people in to buy lottery tickets is when the jackpot grows really big,” Siddiqui said.
Even if the winner never claims the $4.85 million, the store will receive a 1 percent commission that, in this case, is worth $48,500. Even after splitting that commission with the 7-11 corporation, Siddiqui will pocket a $24,250 windfall.
But he’s not breaking out the champagne and noisemakers just yet.
“It’s a long process to get that money — two or three months, at least,” he said. “Why worry about it before I see it?”
Meanwhile, on the south side of Aurora, employees at Thornton’s Gas & Food Mart are basking in the Lucky Day Lotto win one of their customers scored last week. A ticket sold by a station clerk won a $162,000 jackpot in last Friday’s drawing.
“We’re all very excited about it,” said cashier Andrew Yslas. “We’re all waiting to find out who it is. I hope it’s one of our regular customers.”
Yslas had heard on the news while going to work Friday morning that a ticket sold in Aurora had won the Lucky Lotto jackpot. He found out the ticket came from Thornton Gas & Food when he switched on the store’s lottery ticket register.
“That was really cool. I couldn’t wait to tell people,” he said.
Since then, several new customers have come to buy Lucky Day Lotto tickets at the store, and regular patrons are lingering to see if anyone else hits Lotto gold.
“A lot of our regulars like playing the lottery,” Yslas said.
“They get very excited when someone wins, even if it’s just $50.”