CARY – A Cary man won $175,000 from the Illinois Lottery the same day he was fired from his job.
Wladyslaw Krawiec was fired from his job as a carpenter in Chicago six days before Christmas. Upon receiving the news from his boss, Krawiec headed home and stopped at a gas station to check his Lucky Day Lotto ticket.
“We won! We won!” Krawiec screamed to his wife over the phone.
“It's so exciting, and this lottery win means some security, it means I can relax a little,” he said in a press release from the Illinois Lottery.
The winning ticket was sold at Stop Everyday at 66 East Jackson Boulevard in Chicago, and the drawing was held on December 18.
The convenience store was awarded a $1,750 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
The Lucky Day Jackpot starts at $100,000, and drawing take place seven days a week.