'Is this right?': Troy man, 74, wins $200,000 in lottery

News-DemocratOctober 25, 2013 

A 74-year-old Troy man won $200,000 in the Illinois lottery.

Robert Edgeworth purchased an instant ticket at the end of September at the Bigfoot Food Store at 536 Edwardsville Road in Troy. He used his lucky nickle to scratch the ticket and found he won a $200,000 top prize. He showed the clerk and asked, "Is this right?"

The clerk confirmed the ticket was a big winner. Edgeworth pocketed the ticket, called his wife and said, "Grab your coat. We're going to the lottery office."

Edgeworth presented his winning $500 Frenzy instant ticket at the Fairview Heights Prize Center.

Edgeworth and his wife have seven daughters, 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

"What a great feeling it will be to pay our bills an share this money with our family," Edgeworth said in a statement released by lottery officials.

The Bigfoot Foot Store received a $2,000 bonus, 1 percent of the prize amount for selling the winning ticket.

"I usually buy my tickets at the Bigfoot Food Store," Edgeworth said. "The people there are very nice."

The $500 Frenzy is a $5 instant ticket with more than $5 million in $500 prizes and a top prize of $200,000.

"I play because it's fun," Edgeworth said. "I really never expected to win."

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