Lotto Ticket In Cookie Jar: Ricardo Cerezo Won $4.85 Million; Lottery Winner Promises To Donate To Church, Charity

By Staff Reporter on May 17, 2013 4:10 PM EDT

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A winning lotto ticket in a cookie jar was finally scanned. The $4.85 million jackpot will help Cerezo and his family pay off his mortgages. (Photo: Creative Commons)

A winner had forgotten his lottery ticket in a cookie jar for three months. A delightful day for Ricardo Cerezo of Geneva, Illinois, he discovered the ticket is worth a life-changing $4.85 million.

"I can't believe I had $4.85 million in a cookie jar for over three months," said Cerezo in an interview with the Geneva Patch.

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According to the lottery winner, his family was facing eviction, but he had a habit of keeping lottery tickets in a cooking jar for rainy days. Following his wife's advice, Cerezo went through the numbers of 11 old lottery tickets that he had saved when a ticket read "File a claim" after it was scanned.

"I thought I had probably won about $600," figured Cerezo. Matching all six numbers, the jackpot is worth much more than that.

"I'm awestruck, this is unbelievable," said Ricardo Cerezo. "When I realized we had all six numbers, it was that shocking moment of 'Whoa, can this really be?' So I called my son over and asked him to double check this," recalls Cerezo.

His son replied, "Yep, looks like a winner."

Despite the exciting stroke of good fortune, Cerezo remembers to give back to the communities. After the earnings help Cerezo's family pay off the mortgage and take care of the bills, Cerezo intends to donate to their church and to charity.

"It is very important to us that we help others with this money," Cerezo said.

While the family currently enjoys a remarkable stroke of luck, the family has suffered great pains as well. The cookie jar that keeps the tickets was initially purchased by his daughter, who passed away after a series of seizures at the age of 14.

Learn more about Ricardo Cerezo's winning lottery ticket in the YouTube video here.

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