Tapan Shah said he felt happy but not surprised when he learned the winning, $4.25 million lottery ticket was purchased at his 7-Eleven on Jan. 20. From simple scratch-offs or Powerballs, Shah said winning lotto tickets have been purchased at his establishments at least four times before. Luck follows him, Shah said.  

“We always have something here,” he said. 

Shah will keep half of 1 percent of the total $4.25 million. His portion does not come from the winner’s prize. As Jan. 29, no one had come to claim the winning ticket purchased from 7749 Roosevelt Road. The winning numbers from the Jan. 22 drawing are: 11-19-26-28-48-49. Shah said the ticket must have been purchased on Saturday, Jan. 20.

Shah will get his $21,250 payout regardless if anybody claims the ticket. Still, he feels confident that the new millionaire won’t let this opportunity pass by. When the ticket does get claimed, Shah plans to use his earnings to pay off school for his freshman college-age son, who is majoring in sports management and finance at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management. Shah said his son dreams of one day working for ESPN. 

Shah said winning tickets were purchased at his 7-Eleven in 2014 and 2011. He said he spent his winnings on his architect son’s education at the University of Illinois Chicago. 

Why does his 7-Eleven keep winning? 

“We sell so many tickets here; more people play here,” he said. 

The winner can claim the prize at one of the Illinois Lottery’s five prize centers, which are located in Chicago, Des Plaines, Rockford, Springfield or Fairview Heights. Winners have one year from the drawing date to claim their prize. 

“I’m looking forward to someone claiming it,” Shah said.