GENEVA, Illinois -- A man and his wife, facing eviction from their home, found the discovery of a life time while cleaning out their kitchen.
Ricardo Cerezo of Geneva told the Chicago Tribune that his family found a cookie jar full of old lottery tickets and instead of throwing them out, he took them to a 7-Eleven nearby to see if they were worth anything.
Cerezo said the first eight or nine tickets weren't winners, but they kept checking them.
"The following one was $3, so I was excited. I get to pay for my Pepsi. And then the last one said file a claim," he said, which meant it was worth at least $600.
As it turns out, one of the tickets was worth nearly $5 million.
Just three months earlier, Cerezo appeared at a foreclosure hearing where a judge gave him a few more months to find a new home before the family would be evicted.