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Chicago man wins $20M, largest instant game prize in state lotto history

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Anel Bajtarevic, 27. (Illinois Lottery) Anel Bajtarevic, 27. (Illinois Lottery)
CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A Chicago small business owner won $20.8 million dollars last week from a lottery ticket he bought at a Rogers Park grocery store -- the largest instant game prize in Illinois Lottery History, officials said.

Anel Bajtarevic, 27, picked up the lucky 20X20 scratch-off ticket during a recent trip for groceries at Dominick's, at 1763 W. Howard St., lottery officials said in a release.

"I am still in shock! I told my parents and they didn't believe me," said Bajtarevic, who had the grocery clerk double-check the ticket to make sure he won. "They came over right away to see the ticket for themselves."

The payout amounts to $20,000 a week for 20 years, or roughly $20,800,000 in total, lottery officials said.

Bajtarevic, who owns a small trucking business, says the windfall will help him grow his company, hire more staff members and buy equipment.

But first, he says he plans to pay off his parents' mortgage and send them on a vacation.

"My family is my priority," said Bajtarevic, an only child born and raised in Chicago.

Bajtarevic also plans to buy a house and donate to charity, he said in the release.

The Dominick's store will also receive $208,000, or roughly 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket.

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