Last year's St. Patrick’s Day lottery winnings claimed just in time

Three Chicago-area relatives stepped forward only three days before $1 million in lottery winnings they won from last year's St. Patrick's Day drawing would have expired, Illinois Lottery officials said.

The winning ticket was sold at a Wood Dale gas station during a St. Patrick's Day raffle promotion last year.

The names of the winners are not yet being released, but officials said their lawyer presented the winning ticket Thursday at a Lottery office in Des Plaines.

The winnings were claimed in the nick of time because lottery tickets expire exactly a year after the drawing, meaning midnight Sunday is the deadline in this case.
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