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Custodian wins $2M scratch-off lottery ticket

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A high school janitor won 2 million dollars from a scratch-off ticket bought in Gurnee, Illinois.

Dave Martinez stopped at a local gas station Nov. 19 where he bought the winning lottery ticket.

"I started scratching off on the dining room table and thought it was just a hundred thousand at first and then I looked at it again and it said a hundred thousand times twenty and was just mind-boggling," Martinez said.

"I was jumping up and down and my wife was still half asleep," he added.

Martinez has worked as a custodian in the New Trier High School district since 1982. The staff has nicknamed him "Speedy" for how quickly he moves and gets his work done.

"Oh yeah, they call me speedy," he said. "When they ask for a task to be done I go take care of it as soon as possible."

Martinez plans to eventually visit Hawaii, take in a NASCAR race in Daytona, and beginning some home improvement projects.

Martinez's co-workers say the hard-working maintenance man deserves every penny.

"My first thought was it couldn't have happened to a nice guy," said Dave Conway, facilities manager at New Trier.

His recent good fortune aside, Martinez has no plans to quit his job at the high school.

"I still enjoy working here with the teachers and students and faculty and my co-workers and stuff," Martinez said.

VIDEO: Watch the report

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Posted: December 8, 2016, 8:54 am - IP Logged

What a super holiday season for him and his family! That is a great story...$100,000 x 20! WTG!!

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    Posted: December 8, 2016, 10:35 am - IP Logged

    Todd,

     

    Thanks for posting this uplifting story. 

     

    Lucky fellow has 11 months 'til retirement and a nice kickoff already.

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      Posted: December 8, 2016, 11:04 am - IP Logged

      LOL "just" $100K? Imagine his surprise had he taken the ticket to claim thinking it was still "just" $100K!

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        Posted: December 8, 2016, 2:11 pm - IP Logged

        Congrats to the winner ! Glad he won it !!!!

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          Posted: December 8, 2016, 3:32 pm - IP Logged

          Well congrats to that guy ,, He found the golden ticket (One of 3 winners out there) while all I have gotten from that game is 90% losers

          Must be nice though to get a prize like that especially before holiday's

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            Posted: December 8, 2016, 3:35 pm - IP Logged

            Congratulations Mr & Mrs,Dave Martinez Spend Wisely Banana Hurray! Party

            Let it Snow Snowman

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              Posted: December 8, 2016, 3:52 pm - IP Logged

               the custodian cleaned up! LOL

               Chi ha danari, trova cugini. (He who has money finds many cousins.) Italian proverb

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                Posted: December 8, 2016, 3:58 pm - IP Logged

                 the custodian cleaned up! LOL

                good one Green laugh

                Let it Snow Snowman

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                  Posted: December 8, 2016, 9:02 pm - IP Logged

                  Congradulations    Merry Merry Christmas.   That'll buy a lot of presents.

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                    Posted: December 9, 2016, 3:16 am - IP Logged

                    Very cool, my day is coming

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                      Posted: December 9, 2016, 7:30 am - IP Logged

                      Congrats, nice holiday blessing.  Spend it wisely.

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                        Posted: December 9, 2016, 8:00 am - IP Logged

                        Congrats!!!

                        Smile

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                          Posted: December 10, 2016, 12:27 pm - IP Logged

                          I bet his days of swabbing decks are over!
                          (its a Navy thing)

                          Congrats to the Winner!

                          "know your limitations, but excede your expectations"

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                            Posted: December 12, 2016, 2:42 am - IP Logged

                            No more cleaning rich kids' <snip>

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