Man Buys $1M Lotto Ticket After Running Out of Hamburgers

“I can’t believe I won a million dollars because we ran out of hamburgers"

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    A Yorkville man said he ran to the store after running out of hamburgers during a family gathering and picked up a lotto ticket that he later discovered was a $1 million winning ticket. (Published Saturday, Jul 26, 2014)

    A west suburban man’s simple trip to the store for hamburger meat quickly turned into a million dollar affair after he decided to purchase a lottery ticket.

    Dan Hoffmann was hosting a Fourth of July barbecue at his Yorkville home when he ran out of hamburger meat.

    “A lot more people showed up than I was expecting,” he told lottery officials.

    Hoffmann made a quick trip to a local grocery store, a Jewel-Osco located at 234 E. Veterans Pkwy., and while there decided to buy a $2 Powerball ticket.

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    “I play Powerball once in a while and I always buy Quick Picks,” he said.

    Several days later, Hoffmann checked the winning Powerball numbers and discovered he won $1 million.

    “I was shocked. I couldn’t believe it and I don’t think I slept at all that night,” he said. “I can’t believe I won a million dollars because we ran out of hamburgers.”

    It is the second big lottery win for Yorkville this month after a man claimed a $250,000 jackpot prize from the Fourth of July Lucky Day Lotto.