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Aledo Times Record - Aledo, IL
  • $1 million Powerball ticket sold at Canton Casey's

  • Someone in the Canton area could soon have some extra cash in his or her pocket — $1 million extra, in fact.
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  • Someone in the Canton area could soon have some extra cash in his or her pocket — $1 million extra, in fact.
    The Casey's General Store located at 885 N. Main St. in Canton sold a winning Quick Pick Powerball ticket sometime Wednesday, but a winner has yet to claim the prize, Illinois Lottery officials said Thursday.
    The winner matched the first five numbers drawn Wednesday for the $425 million Powerball jackpot — 05, 25, 30, 58, 59 — but did not select the Powerball number, 32.
    Another winner in Round Lake, Ill. purchased a match-5 $1 million ticket from an Amoco station, but as of Thursday afternoon, that winner hadn't come forward, either.
    Though the winner will see thousands of dollars after taxes, the Casey's won't come away empty handed. The store will receive a 1 percent bonus — about $10,000 — for selling a winning ticket.
    Casey's cashier Dakotah Newton didn't know the store would get a bonus, but she said customers streamed in to tell staff they'd sold a winning ticket before Illinois Lottery confirmed it.
    "It's kind of shocking," Newton said. "We don't even know if (the winner) was from Canton actually. All we know is that they bought it here."
    Though they won't find out who sold the ticket until someone comes forward, it is possible that Newton did, as she was one of three cashiers who worked Wednesday.
    "That would blow my mind," she said.
    The Illinois Lottery said they sold nearly $32 million in Powerball tickets during the eight weeks leading up to Wednesday's drawing, meaning about $13 million went into the state's Common School Fund for K-12 public schools.
    Additionally, Illinois has also had 31 match-5 $1 million or $2 million Powerball winners since February 2012.
    One winner from Minnesota and two winners from New Jersey will split the $425 million jackpot for selecting the winning numbers and the Powerball number. They'll each receive $149,466,667, according to the Illinois Lottery website.
    But no matter who comes forward with the Casey's ticket — or if anyone does — Newton hopes for just one thing.
    "I just hope it was someone who really needed it," she said.
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