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Retired Bus Driver Wins $2M Lotto Prize While Riding Bus

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    Illinois Lottery

    The wheels on the bus go round and round – all the way to $2 million.

    Retired bus driver Roy Pittman happened to be riding a bus when he scratched a winning Illinois Lottery $2,000,000 Jumbo Bucks ticket.

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    “I was on the bus going home from the store when I scratched my ticket,” he told the Illinois Lottery. “When I realized I won $2 million, I started shaking.”

    Pittman, 71, has lived in Chicago his entire life. He plans to share the windfall with family and donate to his favorite charities, he told the lottery. 

    When asked by the lottery if he had any advice for other players, he said, “Try a ticket because you just never know.”

    The ticket was purchased at Vincennes Food Mart, located at 400 W. 79th Street in Chicago. The retailer received a bonus of $20,000, or one percent of the prize, for selling the winning ticket.

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    The $2,000,000 Jumbo Bucks is a $10 instant ticket. Of the three top prizes available, one has not yet been claimed, lottery officials said.