CT Lottery Official Web Site - Winners

 
NEW APP!
SCRATCH GAMES WINNER!
Vito Esparo of Orange Wins Top Prize Playing "$100,000 Cashword 3"
School Custodian “Cleans Up” With $100,000 Prize
March 04, 2011 -- By day, Vito Esparo of Orange is a hard working college student at Southern Connecticut State University on his way to getting his master’s degree in education.  By night, Esparo is an elementary school custodian—an important job that helps to pay his way through college. 

Esparo jokingly commented to his co-workers yesterday morning, that all he needed was the letter “Y” to complete the puzzle on the CT Lottery “$100,000 Cashword 3” instant ticket to win the game’s top prize.  As they gathered around him for support, they watched Esparo in disbelief as he located the necessary “Y” that formed the word “YET” on his ticket, and in that instant, won him an astounding $100,000.

“I’ve come close to winning before and later been disappointed when what I thought was a big winner was really a smaller prize,”  said the 27-year old Esparo.  It was only after Esparo had his ticket validated by a lottery retailer did he allow himself to believe he was truly a $100,000 winner.  “I guess I’m buying lunch tomorrow,” Esparo laughingly commented to lottery officials.

$100,000 Cashword 3, a hugely popular crossword-puzzle style of game, is an “extended play” instant game.  It takes more time to play than a standard ticket, and the prizes that can be won are built upon how many matches are made as the play is completed.
 
Esparo arrived later that day with his mother at CT Lottery headquarters in Rocky Hill where he happily accepted a check for $68,503 (prize value after taxes).  “With this I’ll be able to pay off my student loans and any credit card bills,” Esparo said. 

Esparo purchased his winning $100,000 Cashword 3 ticket at Stop & Shop, located on Elm Street in West Haven.pasting

More Stories

FEATURED WINNER STORIES
Winner Image 0
Keno Player Marks His Numbers “On the Spot” and Wins $11,250
Winner Image 1
New Britain Winner Bags $5.2 Million Lotto® Jackpot Prize for April 8th Drawing
Winner Image 2
On the Spot® Keno Play is a “Strong” $50,000 Win!
Winner Image 3
Best Buds Add Cash5 $100,000 Top Prize to Their “Bucket” List of Fun
Winner Image 4
Bristol Man Strikes It Hot, Wins a Cool $57,777 Top Prize
Winner Image 5
History Repeats Itself at Fairfield Newsstand, Sells “$25,000 a Year for Life” Prize Twice in Two Years
Winner Image 6
Enfield’s “Lucky for Life” Winning Ticket Holder Steps Forward to Claim $390,000 Prize
Winner Image 7
“Old-time” Southbury Retailer Sells “$5,000 a Month for Life” Top Prize Ticket
Winner Image 8
Portland Man Finds $50,000 Powerball Prize in a Pile of Tickets
Winner Image 9
Meriden Resident Realizes $50,000 Lottery Prize Win
Winner Image 10
Good Luck Smiles on Enfield Man, Wins “Lucky Links” Top Prize
Winner Image 11
Shoreline Resident Claims “5X The Money” $50,000 Top Prize
Winner Image 12
Cash5 $100,000 Top Prize is Claimed for Nov. 6 Drawing
Winner Image 13
“Win for Life” Creates a “$7,500 a Month for Life” Top Prize Winner in Stamford
Winner Image 14
Another Southbury Resident Claims a Multi-Million Dollar Prize Win!
Winner Image 15
Southbury Man Claims “Lucky Links with 2XPOWER” $50,000 Top Prize
Winner Image 16
Manchester Powerball Winner Claims Third $1,000,000 Prize for Jan. 13
Winner Image 17
Stamford Resident is Second Powerball Winner to Claim $1,000,000 Prize for Jan. 13
Winner Image 18
Beginner’s Luck Pays Off Big with $1,000,000 Powerball Prize
Winner Image 19
Groton Man Wins CT’s First $1,000,000 Powerball Prize of the New Year
OUR WINNERS
 
 
PLEASE PLAY RESPONSIBLY. Purchasers must be 18 or older.
The CLC makes no representation or guarantee as to the accuracy of the information contained on this website. By using this website, you agree to the terms contained
in our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy. The information and materials in this website are provided “as is” and without warranties of any kind, either, express or implied.
In the event of a discrepancy between information on the website regarding winning numbers, jackpots or prize payouts and the CLC’s enabling statutes, official rules,
regulations and procedures the enabling statutes, official rules, regulations and procedures shall prevail. All materials on this Website are owned by or licensed to the CLC.
Written permission required from the CLC in order to reproduce, distribute or display any images or content on this Website.
Copyright © 1999-2016. Connecticut Lottery Corporation. All rights reserved.