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Tinley Park man claims $250K lottery prize

Tony Sefl  |  Supplied photo

Tony Sefl | Supplied photo

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Updated: June 18, 2013 8:31AM



A Tinley Park man who woke up to his girlfriend’s screams was pleasantly surprised to learn what had prompted them.

Tony Sefl’s girlfriend had checked online for the winning numbers in the May 10 Mega Millions lottery drawing and found their ticket had matched five numbers, which was worth a $250,000 prize, according to a news release from the Illinois Lottery.

“I didn’t win the jackpot but I sure feel like I did,” Sefl said, according to the release, after learning the ticket’s numbers of 1, 19, 20, 39 and 49 came up in the drawing of balls numbered 1 through 56.

The number 28 came up in the separate drawing of balls numbered 1 through 46. No one matched that, and the jackpot has continued to roll over. For Friday’s drawing, it was up to $190 million as of Thursday evening.

Sefl, a diesel mechanic, said he and his girlfriend are planning to buy a house with part of their winnings, the release said.

“We can’t believe it; it still hasn’t really sunk in,” Sefl said. “This is life-changing for us.”

He buys one ticket once a week and always plays Quick Picks, according to the lottery. He bought the winning ticket at Speedway, 16649 S. Kedzie Ave., Markham. The retailer will receive a $2,500 bonus for selling a winning ticket.

A ticket with a five-number match also was sold Tuesday in South Chicago Heights but the $250,000 winner had yet to come forward. The ticket was bought at South Heights Liquors, 3300 Chicago Road, and matched the first five numbers, 6, 10, 12, 28 and 32.

Staff report



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