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He had $1 million Powerball winning ticket in his wallet for six weeks and didn’t know it

Andres Salgado Elk Grove Village / phofrom Illinois Lottery

Andres Salgado of Elk Grove Village / photo from Illinois Lottery

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Updated: September 17, 2012 5:42PM

Could that old lottery ticket in your wallet be a big winner just waiting to be found?

It was for an Elk Grove Village man, who had a $1 million Powerball ticket in his wallet for nearly two months and didn’t know it.

Andres Salgado of Elk Grove Village is a regular Powerball player, but never checked the ticket he bought for the July 25 drawing, according to the Illinois lottery.

“For some reason, I didn’t check my ticket right away, then I checked and I couldn’t believe I won,” Salgado said.

He matched the first five numbers in the drawing — 03-14-35-38-46.

Salgado bought the $2 Quick Pick ticket at the Golf Mobil Mart at 1 W. Golf Rd. in Hoffman Estates, the same place he purchased his previously largest winning ticket of $20.

Salgado, who is married with 16- and 21-year-old sons, called the money a “blessing” and said he will use some of it to send his sons to college, pay off his home and invest.

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