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Downers Grove family finds missing $1 million Lotto ticket purchased at Woodridge Jewel

Cathy and Dave Seiden bought winning ticket

Published: Thursday, March 27, 2014 3:42 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014 9:57 a.m. CDT
Downers Grove residents Cathy and Dave Seiden won $1 million, matching the first five numbers March 18 Mega Millions drawing.

DOWNERS GROVE – When Cathy and Dave Seiden heard their local Jewel-Osco had recently sold a winning $1 million Lotto ticket, the couple immediately began tearing the house apart to find a ticket Cathy had just bought from the store.

“That’s where I grocery shop every week and I often buy a lottery ticket while I’m there,” Cathy told the Illinois Lottery.

After a frantic search, the Downers Grove family found their ticket in a stack of papers and checked the winning Mega Millions numbers on illinoislottery.com.

The lucky Downers Grove residents won $1 million, matching the first five numbers March 18 Mega Millions drawing.

“We were absolutely shocked," she said. "We feel very lucky.”

Dave works in the Valley View School District information technology department and Cathy is a first grade teacher for Downers Grove School District 58.

“Cathy is a very organized person, but she gave the ticket to me and I had no idea where I put it,” Dave said.

The family plans to plans to invest the windfall in college funds for their two children.

When asked if he had any advice for other lottery players Dave told the Illinois Lottery, “Sign the back of your ticket… and let an organized person hold onto it.”

Cathy bought the winning ticket out of the lottery self-serve machine at Jewel-Osco, 2317 75th Street in Woodridge, according to an Illinois Lottery press release.

The retailer received a $10,000 bonus, 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket.

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