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Illinois postal worker wins $4 million lottery prize

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An Elgin, Illinois, man has won a $4 million lottery prize after purchasing a ticket from Lundeen's Liquors in St. Charles.

Michael Stetar, 54, has been a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service for the past 17 years. He buys a lottery ticket weekly and won big after trying his luck on a new game.

He was on a break when he went into Lundeen's Liquors, 610 East Main St. in St. Charles, to get a snack and saw the Golden Casino ticket.

"I feel luckier when I play a new game so when I saw the Golden Casino ticket, I bought it, and I won!" Stetar said in the statement. "I scratched my ticket outside and then ran back into the store and had the clerk confirm that I really did win!"

Stetar took a one-time payment of $2.4 million.

He plans to invest the windfall for retirement and has consulted a professional financial advisor.

"I'm also going to treat myself to a new truck," he added.

Lundeen's Liquors will receive a $40,000 bonus, 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling a winning ticket. Stetar chose to take his prize as a one-time payment of $2,400,000.

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Posted: June 29, 2015, 6:57 pm - IP Logged

Now that's a hit. Congrats Mike! Hopefully no more working through the blizzards and heatwaves.

That money's gone fo ever

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    Posted: June 29, 2015, 8:11 pm - IP Logged

    Todd,

     

    Received a letter from the Mass. lottery.  They've moved their season tickets to the summer, July 5th-August 8, 2015.  In it was mention of the Powerball matrix changing this October.  Pick 5 up from 59 to 69 and Powerball down from 35 to 1/26.  Match 4 & 1 goes from $10K to $50K.  It didn't mention the odds, but certainly they're astronomical.  Powerball will not be available for this special season ticket sales dates.

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      Posted: June 29, 2015, 8:14 pm - IP Logged

      Now that's a hit. Congrats Mike! Hopefully no more working through the blizzards and heatwaves.

      Hey Maringoman,

       

      I'll be home late July and glad to be able to get Mass. season tickets with the discount.  I see they've changed the Powerball matrix making it harder to win IMO.

       

      Congratulations Mike, nice win!!

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        Posted: June 29, 2015, 8:20 pm - IP Logged

        what was the cost of the ticket?????????

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          Posted: June 29, 2015, 8:30 pm - IP Logged

          Now that's a hit. Congrats Mike! Hopefully no more working through the blizzards and heatwaves.

          mi brother a well-paid VA.,postal worker is loving his dinero $$$ as a P.W.(postal worker) so IDK

          he goes, LOL"if he win the big one lol he will preclude from working there. even 100,000 he is done

          or 1/2 of that take a yr., or two off lol smh

           

          felicidades congrats! SO NICE $

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            Posted: June 29, 2015, 9:03 pm - IP Logged

             That is a very NICE break. Congratulations !!!Party

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              Posted: June 29, 2015, 9:22 pm - IP Logged

              Hey Maringoman,

               

              I'll be home late July and glad to be able to get Mass. season tickets with the discount.  I see they've changed the Powerball matrix making it harder to win IMO.

               

              Congratulations Mike, nice win!!

              The reason I got the letter informing me of the upcoming changes is because I'm a season ticket holder. I don't think I'll be renewing my subscription because I don't think it's worth it anymore.  I'll just play here and there when I feel like. Good luck Thumbs Up

              That money's gone fo ever

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                Posted: June 29, 2015, 9:26 pm - IP Logged

                mi brother a well-paid VA.,postal worker is loving his dinero $$$ as a P.W.(postal worker) so IDK

                he goes, LOL"if he win the big one lol he will preclude from working there. even 100,000 he is done

                or 1/2 of that take a yr., or two off lol smh

                 

                felicidades congrats! SO NICE $

                The pay is good but if I had that kind of lottery win, I think I would mind working the route during blizzards and heatwaves. Ijs

                That money's gone fo ever

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                  Posted: June 29, 2015, 9:44 pm - IP Logged

                  The guy already had hit the lottery, he worked for the post office he probably made $37 an hour anyways

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                    Posted: June 29, 2015, 10:36 pm - IP Logged

                    Todd,

                     

                    Received a letter from the Mass. lottery.  They've moved their season tickets to the summer, July 5th-August 8, 2015.  In it was mention of the Powerball matrix changing this October.  Pick 5 up from 59 to 69 and Powerball down from 35 to 1/26.  Match 4 & 1 goes from $10K to $50K.  It didn't mention the odds, but certainly they're astronomical.  Powerball will not be available for this special season ticket sales dates.

                    Megabucks Doubler is a $1 wager and is drawn two times a week. Tickets can be purchased in 3-month , 6-month , and 1-year increments.

                    3 Month Season Ticket = $25 
                    (26 drawings)Discounted price $23-SAVE $3
                    6 Month Season Ticket = $50 
                    (52 drawings)Discounted price $45- SAVE $7
                    1 Year Season Ticket = $100 
                    (104 drawings)Discounted price $90-SAVE $14

                    Megabucks Doubler is available by subscription across the United States.

                    Subscriptions can be purchased by phone: 1-800-222-8587 (TKTS)

                    Unfortunately, other games are not available by subscription outside Massachusetts. I hope that will change in the future.

                    Lucky for Life, Mega Millions and Powerball season tickets cannot be purchased via phone or by mail from out of state.

                    We all get a lot out of lotteries!

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                      Posted: June 30, 2015, 10:56 am - IP Logged

                      Congratulations Mr. Stetar.

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                        Posted: June 30, 2015, 12:05 pm - IP Logged

                        Megabucks Doubler is a $1 wager and is drawn two times a week. Tickets can be purchased in 3-month , 6-month , and 1-year increments.

                        3 Month Season Ticket = $25 
                        (26 drawings)Discounted price $23-SAVE $3
                        6 Month Season Ticket = $50 
                        (52 drawings)Discounted price $45- SAVE $7
                        1 Year Season Ticket = $100 
                        (104 drawings)Discounted price $90-SAVE $14

                        Megabucks Doubler is available by subscription across the United States.

                        Subscriptions can be purchased by phone: 1-800-222-8587 (TKTS)

                        Unfortunately, other games are not available by subscription outside Massachusetts. I hope that will change in the future.

                        Lucky for Life, Mega Millions and Powerball season tickets cannot be purchased via phone or by mail from out of state.

                        Thank you for the info; will be going to their website in a minute.  Not happy with the Power ball changes and am curious what the new odds are.  Can Australians play lotteries in other states you have?  Thanks to an outdated law from 1961 we are forbidden to do this.  So much for free speech, IMO!

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                          Posted: July 5, 2015, 5:45 pm - IP Logged

                          Hooray for the postal worker. Wonder if he will  put some of his winning in precious metals and not in stocks.

                          Those financial advisers also have some interesting fees for their advice based on the worth of your assets.

                          Cool

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                            Posted: July 5, 2015, 9:48 pm - IP Logged

                            An Elgin, Illinois, man has won a $4 million lottery prize after purchasing a ticket from Lundeen's Liquors in St. Charles.

                            Michael Stetar, 54, has been a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service for the past 17 years. He buys a lottery ticket weekly and won big after trying his luck on a new game.

                            He was on a break when he went into Lundeen's Liquors, 610 East Main St. in St. Charles, to get a snack and saw the Golden Casino ticket.

                            "I feel luckier when I play a new game so when I saw the Golden Casino ticket, I bought it, and I won!" Stetar said in the statement. "I scratched my ticket outside and then ran back into the store and had the clerk confirm that I really did win!"

                            Stetar took a one-time payment of $2.4 million.

                            He plans to invest the windfall for retirement and has consulted a professional financial advisor.

                            "I'm also going to treat myself to a new truck," he added.

                            Lundeen's Liquors will receive a $40,000 bonus, 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling a winning ticket. Stetar chose to take his prize as a one-time payment of $2,400,000.

                            News story photo(Click to display full-size in gallery)

                            Did the lottery tell him, 'the check is in the mail'?

                            We all get a lot out of lotteries!