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Johnson Oil reaps $500,000 for selling Powerball winner

Published: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 3:21 p.m. CST

ROCK FALLS – It’s almost like they both won the lottery.

Johnson Oil Co. owns the Freeport gasoline station that sold Saturday’s $50 million winning Powerball ticket. The $500,000 is its commission from the Illinois Lottery: 1 percent of the total jackpot.

Johnson Oil, which also has stations in Rock Falls, Sterling, Dixon and other cities in Illinois and Iowa, is owned by Arthur Johnson, 81, of Sterling.

Kathy Peugh, 61, of Rock Falls, is Johnson’s daughter.

“It’s wonderful,” Peugh said. “The person who won it is a regular [customer] so that’s great.”

She declined to identify the winner; he or she had not claimed the prize as of Tuesday afternoon.

The jackpot marks only the second time a multimillion-dollar winning Powerball ticket has been sold in Illinois; the first time was in December 2010.

The winning numbers were 11, 23, 26, 46 and 55; the Powerball 27. If the winner chooses the cash option, he or she will receive $31,367,628.61 before taxes.

The estimated jackpot for tonight’s drawing is $40 million. Go to for more information.

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