Cicero Man Turns $5 Into $250,000!

Wins Top Prize on Illinois Lottery Instant Game

For Immediate Release Contact: Micaela Small (630) 486-0658

Cicero, IL—April 19, 2013 —When Sixto Hernandez scratched a Sapphire Blue 7s instant ticket and won $5, he used his winnings to buy another ticket. The next morning he woke everyone in the house when he scratched the ticket and instantly became $250,000 richer. “First I had my wife double check the ticket then my daughter checked it. There was so much excitement in our house! I never thought I would win a prize this big!”

Hernandez and his wife have six children. Their plans for the winnings include paying off their house and investing for their children’s futures.

The winning ticket was purchased at Rosie’s Food Mart, 5029 West 29th Street in Cicero. The store will receive a $2,500 bonus, 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling a winning ticket. Sapphire Blue 7s is a $5 instant ticket that offers over 100,000 prizes of $25 or more and a top prize of $250,000. For more information, please visit


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