Chicago Resident to Share $500,000 Illinois Lottery Prize with Friends, Family & Humboldt Park Food Pantry

For Immediate Release Contact: Karina Rosado 773-569-1342

Chicago, IL— August 20, 2014 — When Jessica Sanchez discovered she’d won half a million dollars on a Rockin’ Bingo instant lottery ticket, her first thoughts were about sharing her good fortune with others.  “When the clerk told me it was a top prize of $500,000, all I could think about was how to share it with my friends and family,” she said when she presented her winning ticket at the Illinois Lottery Prize Center in Chicago.

Sanchez was on her way home after a long day at work when she stopped at the gas station to buy a snack and a lottery ticket.  Later that night she decided to scratch the ticket.  “I was feeling very sleepy so at first I thought the prize amount was $500.  When I took it to the store the next day and double-checked it, I realized it was $500,000!”  That morning she bought breakfast for all of her co-workers.

Born and raised in Chicago, Sanchez’ heritage is from Puerto Rico.  When asked how she plans to share the prize she said, “I am helping close friends and family financially.  I have also made arrangements to contribute to the food trucks that help the homeless in the Humboldt Park community.”  When asked what advice she would give to other lottery players she said, “Share your good fortune, and always double-check your tickets!”  

Sanchez bought her winning Rockin’ Bingo ticket at Division Citgo, 2805 West Division Street in Chicago.  The retailer will receive a $5,000 bonus, 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket. 

Rockin’ Bingo is a $10 instant ticket with a top prize of $500,000.  There are still two Rockin’ Bingo top prizes of $500,000 available to be won.  For more information, please visit


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