Joliet gas station sells lottery ticket worth $5.7M
BY JANET LUNDQUIST email@example.com August 16, 2013 12:42PM
Francis Caan, of Crest Hill, leaves the convenience store at Speedway, 1621 Jefferson Street in Joliet on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. He said if he won the Lottery, he'd pay off bills and save money for his grandchildren. | Janet Lundquist~Sun-Times Media.
Updated: September 19, 2013 9:55AM
JOLIET — Standing outside the Speedway gas station where someone bought an Illinois Lottery ticket for Thursday night’s drawing that proved to be worth millions, Francis Caan imagined what he’d do with a haul like that.
Caan, of Crest Hill, got a faraway look in his eyes as he envisioned how he would manage $5.7 million — the amount of the winnings from a Quick Pick Lotto ticket sold at that Speedway, 1621 W. Jefferson St., if taken as an annuity.
“First of all, I’d pay the bills that I owe off,” he said. “I’d put some money away for my grandchildren.”
The winner, who had not come forward as of Friday afternoon, bought a Lotto Quick Pick ticket there and matched all six numbers — 11, 15, 29, 41, 42 and 43 — according to the Illinois Lottery.
The gas station will get a $57,000 bonus, 1 percent of the jackpot amount, for selling the winning ticket.
John Johnson, of Joliet, said he doesn’t play the lottery until the jackpots reach historic levels.
“It would have to get up to 400, 500 million,” he said as his cousin, Mike Johnson, filled up their car at the Speedway. Neither had played the lottery at that Speedway on Thursday.
“I wish I did, now,” Mike Johnson said.
Debbie, of Joliet, who declined to give her last name, smiled as she pumped gas.
“It would be much more exciting if it was me (who won),” she said.