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Illinois man cleans desk and finds $1M winning lottery ticket

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Ron Yurcus collects his Powerball winnings (image courtesy of Illinois Lottery)

An Illinois man says the $1 million Powerball ticket he cashed in was one he found when he cleaned out his desk.

Ron Yurcus, a retired chaplain, found the winning ticket a few weeks ago when he was cleaning his desk in preparation for a new computer. 

The ticket was a winner in the August 22, 2012 Powerball drawing.  His ticket matched the first five numbers in that drawing which were 22, 29, 31, 47 and 55.  He missed the Powerball which was 19.

The ticket was one of about a dozen that had collected on Yurcus’ desk.  He was awarded his winnings Wednesday, November 14.

Yurcus and his wife plan to donate some of the money to several charities, invest some, and share it with their three children and four grandchildren.

The Glen Ellyn, Illinois gas station where Yurcus bought the ticket was also awarded $10,000 for selling the winning ticket.