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Blue Island Player Wins $250,000 with Sapphire 7’s Scratcher

November 11, 2020

CHICAGO—Robyn Roney of Blue Island is one of the latest Illinois Lottery players to cash in a life-changing prize after winning $250,000 while playing one of her favorite scratchers, Sapphire 7’s.

“It was around 7 a.m. and I stopped at my lucky store on my way to work and picked up an instant ticket,” says Roney.  

Roney decided to scratch the ticket in her car in the parking lot before heading into work.

“I started scratching and when I looked down and checked, I realized I had won and I just started shaking,” exclaims Roney. “My heart was racing and I couldn’t believe it.”

But seeing those numbers for herself was not enough for this winner, who immediately phoned her fiance and asked him to come by to confirm her win.

“I was freaking out and I still couldn't stop shaking,” says the winner. “I asked my fiance to come and meet me at my job so that he could double check the ticket, and then he couldn't stop shaking either!” Roney laughs.

Roney and her fiance plan to spend their win on a few home renovation projects, including some new appliances and a full fence around their yard for their latest four-legged family member. 

“We just recently got a puppy, a chocolate lab named Max, about eight months ago,” exclaims Roney.  “We want to update the house, the porch and the yard and build a fence around the backyard so that he can run around and play.” 

The winning ticket was purchased at Roney’s favorite retailer, the BP gas station at 12701 S. Paulina in Calumet Park.

Roney considers this retailer to be her lucky store and says she has purchased plenty of winning tickets there before, including a $2,000 winning instant ticket back in 2018.

The $250,000 prize winner has been enjoying Illinois Lottery instants for the past 20 years and plans to keep playing and gifting the games.

“My favorite games to play are the scratch-off tickets,” said Roney, who shares that speciality tickets top her list of favorite Illinois Lottery games to play.  

“I like to play them all, especially the ones that do good, like the one for breast cancer awareness,” says the winner, about the Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure.

Each year, Roney also looks forward to sharing the gift of possibility with those nearest and dearest to her, “Especially around Christmas time, I look forward to the holiday tickets and what I do is I buy a bunch and pass them out to all my relatives and give them out as gifts.”

Roney continues to feel quite optimistic sharing these final words with fellow Lottery players: “Expect the unexpected.”


About the Illinois Lottery:

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $21 billion (since 1985) to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like homelessness prevention, Illinois Veterans services, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, Special Olympics, police memorials and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for all draw-based Illinois Lottery games at Players must be at least 18 years old.