October 3, 2007
Eastford Man Claims $15 Million
NEW BRITAIN, CT/October 18, 2007 A blushing and very composed John Lorusso of Eastford arrived at CT Lottery headquarters in New Britain today to claim his $15 million Powerball jackpot prize from October 3, 2007the only ticket holder nationwide to match the six numbers drawn on that date. The winning Powerball numbers were 2 4 14 15 28. The Powerball was 23, and the PowerPlay Multiplier was 4.
Although winners have sixty days to decide whether to select a one-time cash lump sum or the 29-year, 30-installment annuity, Lorusso, a 43-year old co-owner of a commercial printing company, selected the cash lump sum payout of $4,924,953 (prize value after taxes). "Never in my life did I expect to have such a life changing event. It's an opportunity for just a whole different set of circumstances," Lorusso said.
Lorusso's winning "Quick Pick" ticket was sold at Squaw Hollow Xtra Mart, 9 Nott Highway at the junction of Route 44 and 74 in Ashford. For selling the jackpot winning ticket Xtra Mart will receive a $100,000 bonus check from the CT Lottery.
There were a total of 12,499 winning tickets sold statewide for that drawing whose values ranged from $3 to $15 million each. Overall odds of winning a Powerball prize are 1:36. The odds of matching the jackpot prize are 1 in 146.1 million.
This is the fifth Powerball jackpot won on a ticket sold in Connecticut since the CT Lottery joined the multi-state game in 1995. The last jackpot prize in Connecticut occurred in June 2005 when a Seymour electronics salesman won $59.5 million.
About the CT Lottery:
Lottery sales benefit Connecticut 's residents in valuable ways. In fiscal year 2007, the Lottery transferred $279 million to the state's General Fund, where it will help to improve the state's libraries and education systems, provide public health needs, protect our citizens through support to the public safety and judicial systems, and more. Since the Lottery began in 1972, our contributions to the General Fund have exceeded $6.0 billion, and we've awarded more than $9.9 billion to winners. Thanks to the support of residents all across the state, everyone in Connecticut wins. For more information about the Connecticut Lottery Corporation, call (860) 348-4000, or visit the CT Lottery web site at ctlottery.org.