WHEATON – DuPage Pantry Plus owner Bhupen Patel doesn't know who won a $7.25 million Lotto ticket at his store on July 31.
But he hopes it was one of the customers that he sees on a regular basis.
"I have no idea so far," Patel, a West Chicago resident, said. "I still think it was one of my regular customers."
The winning ticket was purchased at the store at 238 N. Gables Blvd., and matched all six numbers – 02 - 06 - 08 - 10 - 12 - 15, according to the Illinois Lottery. The retailer will receive a bonus of $72,500, or 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket.
Winners have one year from the original drawing date to claim their prize, lottery officials said. Not surprisingly, the store has seen a jump in the number of people buying lottery tickets.
"There's been more lottery sales," Patel said. "People saw the news. I've sold a lot of Lotto tickets."
This is by far the biggest lottery ticket DuPage Pantry Plus has sold. Previously, the store had sold a $100,000 winning lottery ticket in 2007 and a $100,000 winning lottery ticket in 2012. Patel has owned the store since 2004, and DuPage Pantry Plus is the only store he owns.
As far as what he plans to do with his share of the prize, Patel said he plans to invest more money into the store.