After nearly two weeks of mystery an Illinois man from Benton has been identified as the winner of the Feb. 13 Illinois Lottery drawing.
Donald Wendell's $1 Quick Pick ticket matched all six drawn numbers, 2, 21, 33, 36, 37, and 41, earning him the full $11.25 million jackpot.
"I think I'm in shock," Wendell said as he handed in his ticket to the Illinois Lottery Prize Center in Fairview Heights.
In a news release, Wendell said he would buy tickets once or twice a week and always joked with the clerks.
"I always joke with the clerks and say, 'You sold me the winning ticket, right,'" he said. "Well this time they actually did."
Wendell said as soon as he heard the winning ticket had been sold at a Circle K in Benton, he went back to the store.
"When I saw that I had all of the numbers, I got goosebumps from head to toe," he said.
With his winnings, Wendell said he hopes to help his community, donate some to charity and make some investments.
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