MORRIS – The Morris Spirit Mart gas station on state Route 47 has a sign that says “Lotto sold here,” and now the store can say it is the seller of a winning Lotto ticket.
Sometime after lunch Sunday the gas station sold a grand-prize winning ticket for the Lucky Day Lotto for $300,000. The winning ticket was a Quick Pick ticket.
“We just don’t know who won yet,” Spirit Manager Jim Narwick said Tuesday.
The winner has yet to come forward. He or she matched all five numbers: 1-15 -23-25-34.
Narwick said every morning the station receives a report on the Lotto tickets sold and it stated one was sold in Morris. On Sunday, the station had eight separate transactions for that Lotto, equaling $23 in tickets sold.
“I went online and saw it was my gas station,” he said. “I was like, what, $300,000? What!”
About two years ago the gas station sold a $3 instant ticket that won $30,000, Narwick said. The winner was a regular customer and she bought a new car with her winnings.
The gas station, 1848 N. Division St., will receive a bonus of $3,000, 1 percent of the jackpot amount, for selling a winning ticket, according to a news release from Illinois Lottery.
Oftentimes after word gets out that a winning ticket was sold at a specific gas station, the business sees a huge increase in sales, Narwick said.
“So hopefully that happens to us,” he said.
If you have the winning ticket you can visit any one of Illinois’ five claim centers, Lotto spokeswoman Chanele Newton said. A winner’s guide and information is available at illinoislottery.com.
The winner will need the ticket and identification, she said. The website advices the winner to sign the back of their ticket immediately.
The ticket was bought Sunday and the Lotto offices were closed Monday because of Veterans Day, Newton said, so it’s not unusual that the winner has not come forward yet.
“It’s not uncommon for it to be a day or two after,” she said. “Sometimes it’s weeks, sometimes it’s months. It depends on the winner.”
Lucky Day Lotto drawings are twice a day, seven days a week with an average of more than 40,000 winners every day.
Where to claim your lotto prize:James R. Thompson Center100 W. Randolph7th FloorChicago, IL 60601312-793-23858:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
For locations and information visit illinoislottery.com.