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Glenwood seller of lottery ticket stands to make $500,000

Updated: May 7, 2012 9:21AM

Nobody knows yet who in the south suburbs bought a $118 million winning ticket in Friday’s Mega Millions lottery.

What is known is the identity of the owner of the gas station in suburban Glenwood where the ticket was purchased.

Sebastian John, 56-year-old immigrant from India, stands to rake in $500,000 — the maximum commission allowable — for selling the winning ticket.

Unlike many big commission payouts, which go to offices of corporate chains, John will cash a check for himself and two partners.

He also plans to share some of the windfall with his employees who work at his gas station and convenience store, Glenwood Minuteman Citgo, 18659 S. Halsted St.

John said the money will come in handy because other than lottery sales, times have been tough.

Though he sells $300,000 worth of lottery tickets a month, his gas station on the southern edge of Cook County is challenged by lower taxes across the border.

“We have big competition from Will County and Indiana because they can sell gas and cigarettes cheaper. We were facing a lot of troubles but this bonus will give me a break,” John said.

Though John has sold a lot of tickets with smaller payouts, this is his first big one in 11 years of running his business.

He is looking forward to finding out who the big winner is.

“We know almost every customer here, this is a neighborhood store.”

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