(CBS) — Here’s a riddle: You win a million dollars in the lottery and can barely afford to buy a compact car. CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez found out how.
Patty Jordan says when she went to check the numbers, the clerk gave her a strange stare.READ MORE: Mother Has Questions After Police Shoot, Kill Man They Say Was Wielding Knife In Englewood
“He said ‘you won a boatload of money.’ I said ‘a boatload?’
He goes, ‘maybe a shipload,’” Jordan said.
Realizing the ticket was worth $1 million dollars, Jordan says she tucked it into her purse, got in her car, locked and locked the doors. She headed back to the ComEd billing department in Oak Brook to share the news with the 41 co-workers in the pool.
“She says, ‘Tina I need to see you right now, it’s private!’ I was like, ‘What? It’s private?’” said Tina Regalado.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Rain Coming As Work Week Begins
After she showed off the winning ticket, “I just saw a bunch of zeros and said ‘How much is this?’ and she said, ‘A million?’”
Divided by 42, each winner gets $23,809. definitely not retirement money, but enough to have some of the players going back for more.
And that $23,000 shrinks to about $14,000 after taxes. Still, one of the workers is paying off her daughter’s college loan and another put his winnings toward a new jeep.MORE NEWS: Farmers Market Vendors Pleased As Open Boulevards Program Kicks Off In Logan Square
The Minuteman Shell in Elmhurst got $10,000 for selling the winning ticket.