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NEW NUTS: Illinois Man Facing Foreclosure Finds $4.8 Million Lottery Ticket In Cookie Jar

Talk about serendipity: An Illinois man who has suffered through a string of setbacks the past couple years and was facing eviction on his home discovered a winning Illinois Lottery ticket worth $4.85 million in a cookie jar.

Ricardo Cerezo of Geneva, Ill. lost his daughter Savannah last year to a sudden illness. He and his wife were given a few months by a judge to find a new home after foreclosure proceedings went into effect on their current one in February. Cerezo’s wife was cleaning the kitchen when she asked him to take the lottery tickets they stashed in a glass cookie jar somewhere to scan for winning tickets or else she would throw them away.

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