Powerball winning ticket worth $2M prize sold in Joliet

JOLIET, Ill. (WLS) -- Someone who purchased a Powerball ticket at Highland Liquors in Joliet, Ill., just won $2 million.

The winning numbers in Wednesday night's drawing were: 6-7-16-23-26. The Powerball number was 4, so the PowerPlay number was also 4.

A ticket sold in Chicopee, Mass., matched all five numbers and the Powerball, winning the $758.7 million jackpot . Powerball will be paying out the largest single jackpot ever in North America.

The $2 million winning Powerball ticket matched five of the six numbers and the PowerPlay number. If the player had not chosen to pay the extra $1 for PowerPlay, the prize would have been $1 million, Illinois Lottery officials said Thursday.

Highland Liquors, located at 1619 E. Cass Street, will get a $20,000 bonus for selling the winning Powerball ticket, lottery officials said. That's 1 percent of the $2 million prize.

Rick Fishbeck co-owns the liquor store with his father, Robert Fishbeck. Highland Liquors has been in business, at the Cass Street location, for the last 64 years. It was one of the first three lottery agents in Will County.

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The winner should sign the back of the ticket immediately and keep it in a safe place, lottery officials said. That person has up to one year from the original drawing date, Aug. 23, 2017, to claim their prize. The Illinois Lottery has five prize centers, located in Chicago, Des Plaines, Rockford, Springfield and Fairview Heights.

More than 351,400 Powerball players won prizes as a result of Wednesday night's drawing, lottery officials said. Those prizes range from $4 to $200,000.
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