Lotto winner Charles Vincent, of Forest Park holds the lucky ticket that won his .25 million in January. (Provided)

A retiree from Forest Park was the person who bought a Lotto ticket that came up a $4.25 million winner back in January at a local convenience store.

The Illinois Lottery identified the lucky man as Charles Vincent, a retiree, bought the Lotto Quick Pick ticket that matched all six numbers – 11, 19, 26, 28, 48 and 49 — at 7-Eleven, 7749 Roosevelt Road on Jan. 22.

“Money should be a joy!” said Vincent, who plans on using his winnings to remodel his home and take a river cruise in Europe, in a press release from the Illinois Lottery.

Vincent, who the Illinois Lottery said was a longtime Lotto player, told a reporter who contacted him at his Forest Park residence that he was not available for comment.

 The owner of 7-Eleven, Tapan Shah, was awarded $42,500, or 1 percent of the value of the winning ticket.

In January, Shah told the Forest Park Review that his store was a lucky location, with at least four winning tickets purchased there in the past. Shah said he plans to use the money to pay his son’s college tuition.

When asked why his store was so lucky, Shah said, “We sell so many tickets here; more people play here.”

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