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Batavia 7-Eleven store sells $7.2 million winning Lotto ticket

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 6:03 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 11:15 p.m. CDT

BATAVIA – No one has come forward yet to claim a $7.25 million winning Illinois Lotto ticket that was sold at the 7-Eleven store on East Wilson Street.

One person matched all six numbers on the Quick Pick ticket in Monday’s Lotto drawing. The numbers were 2-15-18-23-50-52.

Rick Niedfeldt, franchise owner of the store at 336 E. Wilson St., said he doesn’t know who the winner might be.

“We’re just hoping it’s a Batavia resident, someone we know,” Niedfeldt said. “We may never know who won it. It could have been somebody just passing through.”

He and his wife, Marlene, are Batavia residents and have owned the 7-Eleven store since it opened in 1987. This is the first time the store has sold a ticket with such a big prize, the couple said. For selling the winning ticket, the store will receive 1 percent of the prize, or $72,500.

“We never thought it would really happen,” Marlene Niedfeldt said. “It took us 25 years for this to happen.”

This is the second Batavia 7-Eleven store to sell a multimillion-dollar winning Lotto ticket this year.

In March, a Batavia resident came forward to claim a $3 million winning Lotto ticket that was sold at the 7-Eleven store on Fabyan Parkway in Batavia.

The man, who wished to remain anonymous, purchased the ticket on St. Patrick’s Day. He opted for the lump sum payment of $2,127,660.

The 7-Eleven store at 710 E. Fabyan Parkway received a bonus of $30,000 for selling the winner the lucky ticket.

The Illinois Lotto drawing takes place Monday, Wednesday and Saturday nights.

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