Man claims $250K lotto prize two weeks before ticket expires

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Francisco Hernandez | Illinois Lottery

A Chicago man claimed his $250,000 Lucky Day Lotto prize just two weeks before his prize would have expired.

“I found the winning ticket in the glove compartment of my car,” Francisco Hernandez said in a statement from the Illinois Lottery.

Players have one year from the original drawing date to claim a prize.

Hernandez purchased the winning ticket for the July 12, 2014 drawing at Liquorama, 4430 S. Kedzie, and matched all five numbers: 09 — 23 — 33 — 37 — 39, according to the statement.

Hernandez is originally from Mexico and has lived in Chicago for more than 25 years. He works as a chauffeur for the City of Chicago. He said he plans on using his winnings on a house for his family.

The retailer will receive $2,500, or 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket.

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