The lucky couple, named as Cathy and Dave Seidon, publically accepted their $1 million win at a press conference held in the Jewel-Osco store in Woodridge â€“ the very same store where Cathy purchased her winning ticket. It was all smiles at the press conference yesterday but the couple came close to missing out on their prize after nearly losing their ticket.
The couple only started looking for the ticket after one of Cathyâ€™s co-workers told her that the Jewel-Osco store, where Cathy always purchases her lottery tickets, had sold a $1 million ticket. At this point Cathy, who is a first-grade teacher, wasnâ€™t certain the ticket had matched all five main numbers from the Mega Millions drawing on 18th March 2014 but told her husband that they needed to find the ticket, just in case.
Normally Cathy displays lottery tickets on the fridge but, on this occasion, she had given the ticket to Dave to look after. â€œCathy is a very organized person, but she gave the ticket to me and I had no idea where I put it,â€ Dave admitted. The couple began a frantic search for the ticket and, luckily for them, eventually found it among some loose papers. After discovering they owned the missing $1 million ticket, the couple were â€œabsolutely shockedâ€ and felt â€œvery luckyâ€.
The couple, who opted for the lump sum option of $700,000 after taxes, plan to use the money to pay for their son and daughterâ€™s education.Â â€œEducation is very important to us and this lottery win takes so much pressure off,â€ said Dave.
Speaking about the win Cathy said; â€œItâ€™s not quit-your-job kind of money but weâ€™re so grateful that we have it. Now we can look at colleges with our daughter knowing that wherever she wants to go we can send her.â€
When asked if he had any advice for other lottery players Dave said, â€œSign the back of your ticketâ€¦ and let an organized person hold onto it.â€by
Updated February 17th, 2015