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Woman to Share Lottery Prize With Humboldt Park Homeless

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    A Chicago woman who won a $500,000 lottery prize plans to share the winnings with the homeless in Humboldt Park.

    Jessica Sanchez was on her way home from work when she stopped at the Division Citgo at 2805 W. Division to buy a snack and lottery ticket, according to a statement from Illinois Lottery. Later on, she scratched the Rockin’ Bingo ticket.

    "I was feeling very sleepy so at first I thought the prize amount was $500," the statement said. “When I took it to the store the next day and double-checked it, I realized it was $500,000!”

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    With the winnings, Sanchez said she wants to help close friends and family financially and intends to contribute to food trucks that help the homeless in Humboldt Park, the statement said.

    The retailer will receive a $5,000 bonus, or 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling a winning ticket.