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Oswego resident wins $1,000 a week for life

Sun Ad Representative Sally Bustamante Oswego calls Illinois Lottery tell them she has just w$1000 A Week For Life! contest

Sun Ad Representative Sally Bustamante of Oswego calls the Illinois Lottery to tell them she has just won the the $1,000 A Week For Life! contest on Thursday, June 16, 2011 at Sun-Times Media offices in Aurora. | Marianne Mather~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: August 16, 2011 12:27AM

There was a shriek in our office Thursday morning, and we’re happy to report it was attached to good news.

Naperville Sun Sales Assistant and Oswego resident Sally Bustamante, a longtime Sun-Times Media employee, scratched a lottery ticket at her desk and won $1,000 a week for the rest of her life.

Thursday morning, Bustamante bought $10 worth of the Win-$1,000-For-Life tickets at the Dominick’s on New York Street in Aurora. For a long time, she debated whether to spend the 10 bucks. And through the first four tickets, she was really mad at herself: loser, loser, loser, loser.

“I was so upset,” she said. As she tossed each one in the garbage, she thought: “I wasted 10 dollars on this.”

But on the fifth ticket, one of her lucky numbers — 14 — matched the prize number.

“Am I seeing what I’m seeing? Am I seeing what I’m seeing?” she asked a co-worker.

After unbiased confirmation, Bustamante called her 14-year-old daughter. She didn’t believe her mom until she received a texted picture of the ticket. (Response: OMG OMG OMG)

Bustmante regularly plays the office lottery when the jackpot hits $40 million, but there have been no winners here. She plays scratch tickets sporadically, and once won $600.

“I thought I hit it big then,” she said, laughing.

Thursday afternoon she was accepting congratulations from lots of co-workers who have always said what a great person she is and how nice she is and does she need a best friend?

Bustamante promises not to quit (“I love my job”) but allowed herself to daydream a bit about how she’ll spend the money.

“I will be sensible, I know that,” she said. “Pay bills. Pay off what I can. Get a car with air conditioning and a window that rolls down. Take my kids on a vacation.”

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