Lotto IL: $4.85M winning ticket sold at River Grove grocery store

Winning Illinois Lotto numbers were 8-12-14-22-27-36

ByABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Tuesday, October 18, 2022
$4.85M winning Illinois Lottery ticket sold in River Grove
A $4.85M winning Illinois Lotto ticket was sold at a River Grove grocery store, Rich's Fresh Market.

RIVER GROVE, Ill. (WLS) -- A $4.85 million winning Lotto ticket was sold at a River Grove grocery store over the weekend, the Illinois Lottery said Monday.

The winning ticket was sold at Rich's Fresh Market, located at 3141 N. Thatcher Ave. in River Grove, and matched all six Lotto numbers in Saturday evening's drawing, 8-12-14-22-27-36, to win the jackpot, the Lottery said.

"We know who bought the winning ticket - he is one of our regular customers," said Lucas Bujak, general manager of Rich's Fresh Market. "The gentleman came into the store on Sunday morning and began inserting his tickets into the Lottery machine. One of my employees jokingly asked him if he won, but before he could answer, the customer almost fainted."

And then according to his employee, a few minutes later, the customer began shouting, "I can't believe it, I actually won the Lotto jackpot - I guess I can now quit my job."

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The lucky player is now the 10th Illinois Lotto player to win a prize of a million dollars or more since January 2022. This is the second largest Lotto jackpot win since April 2022.

"I've been with the company for over 20 years and our grocery-store chains have sold a lot of winning Lottery tickets. However, this is the biggest one we've been a part of - thanks to our loyal customers," Bujak said.

Rich's Fresh Market will also get a selling bonus of 1% of the prize amount, or $48,500 in this case.

Winners have one year from the date of the winning draw to claim their prize.

The Illinois Lottery encourages all lucky winners to write their name on the back of their ticket and keep it in a safe place until they're ready to claim their prize. Winners should visit to learn how to claim their prizes.

Lotto is an Illinois-only game that is played three times a week on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.