Customers at the Des Plaines gas station that sold a $1.34 billion lottery ticket were still wondering on Sunday who the lucky winner was — and if they’d run into that person before.
But they had advice for the mysterious money maker: remain anonymous, or else invite negative influences into their lives from greedy hangers.
“I have read reports that people who have come forward before and won, people have started stalking them and in some cases it has not gone well for them,” Mohammad Shafi said. .
He called it “crazy” than the Speedway where he regularly fuels up at 885 E. Touhy Ave. whoever printed the winning Mega Millions ticket for Friday’s record-breaking draw.
The winning numbers for the biggest prize in state history – and the second-biggest ever won in the US – were 13-36-45-57-67, with a Mega Ball of 14. Officials said The winner from Illinois, who will take the full prize, was confirmed to have yet to come forward as of Sunday night.
The station workers refused to comment on the huge salary handed out at their station. The corporate gas station chain will receive a half-million dollar bounty for selling the winning ticket, Illinois lottery officials said.
Another station patron, who asked to be called Z, echoed Shafi’s thoughts, warning the winner to expect calls from long-lost relatives.
“Everyone will come looking for you. You’ll have cousins you’ve never seen before, you’ll have family members you’ve never seen before,” Z said. “Everyone is attracted to money.”
Z doesn’t often play the lottery, he said, but he came to the Speedway on Sunday to buy a ticket after hearing he had sold the jackpot. “I said, let me take at least one Powerball and see if I can get lucky.”
If he had won, Z said he would spread wealth in the community.
“Help those who are homeless, pay someone’s scholarship, school fees. And just let that money keep giving back,” he said.
Shafi, a student at the Illinois Institute of Technology, echoed the idea. Her dream would be to create a shelter to help people experiencing housing insecurity and teach them skills they can use in the workplace.
“Start some kind of program where they can learn some kind of technology and improve their lives,” Shafi said. “I hope he does well with the money.”
Garry Adams, who is from Dundee but said he stops at the Speedway all the time, said he would be afraid to make so much money at once because ‘it might change the person I am’ .
Adams said he would likely give away most of the jackpot and start a business with the rest. He also had some tips for the winner.
“I hope he stays honest and doesn’t change and doesn’t let people get into his head. Just remember the people who called him and always talked to him every day” Adams said, “Don’t hand out the money. Nobody needs to know.”