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Hebron man wins $450,000 off lottery ticket from Crystal Lake gas station

Donald Raef of Hebron holds his winning Lucky Day Lotto ticket. Raef's ticket matched all five numbers – 3, 4, 9, 16 and 28 – in the Sept. 8 drawing.
Donald Raef of Hebron holds his winning Lucky Day Lotto ticket. Raef's ticket matched all five numbers – 3, 4, 9, 16 and 28 – in the Sept. 8 drawing.

HEBRON – A Hebron man won almost a half-million dollars from a lottery ticket bought at a Crystal Lake gas station.

Donald Raef won $450,000 from a Lucky Day Lotto Illinois Lottery ticket sold at BP gas station, 7615 Route 14, Crystal Lake, during the Sept. 8 evening drawing, according to a news release from the Illinois Lottery.

“It was my lucky day,” Raef said.

His ticket matched all five numbers – 3, 4, 9, 16 and 28. Raef said he has been playing the same numbers for several years. He plans on buying a house with part of the money. 

The retailer received a bonus of $4,500, or 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket. More than 22,000 players won prizes ranging from $1 to $200 in the same drawing. Lucky Day Lotto drawings are twice a day and seven days a week.

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