$550,000 lottery ticket sold in Bloomington

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Published: Nov. 23, 2022 at 11:36 AM CST
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BLOOMINGTON (25 News Now) - One Illinois lottery player took home a $550,000 lottery ticket just before the Thanksgiving holiday.

The ticket was purchased on Nov. 20 at Freedom Oil at 1801 S. Veterans Pkwy. The winning numbers were: 9-12-16-33-44.

Staff at Freedom Oil said they were excited to hear about the lottery win and were curious to see if the winner was local.

“Excitement and curiosity got the best of me so I reviewed our store’s recorded videos to see who might have bought the winning ticket,” said Danielle Franks, Store Manager of Freedom Oil in Bloomington. “However, even after viewing the tapes, I honestly don’t know - but whether it’s a local or out of town customer, we are very happy that the ticket was purchased at our store.”

Freedom Oil received 10% of the prize money, money they said came just in time.

“The retail bonus couldn’t have been timed more perfectly,” said Michael Owens, Owner and President of Freedom Oil Company. “To show our appreciation to our hard working managers and employees, we plan to add the lottery bonus to our annual Christmas bonus this year – making it a little merrier this holiday season.”

Winners have one year from the date of the winning draw in which to claim their prize.