Raymond Merlo, Jr. Wins Top Prize Playing CT Lottery’s “5 Card Stud”
“Royal Flush” Pays Out $55,000 Prize to Lucky Windsor Locks Winner
October 21, 2011 --
When Raymond “Ray” Merlo, Jr. of Windsor Locks ran out of coffee creamer the other day, he hopped in his car and set out to Hav-Mor Market, located at 24 South Elm Street in Windsor to pick up a carton. He also purchased a CT Lottery “5 Card Stud
” instant game ticket. Before leaving his parking space, Merlo changed his mind and went back inside to purchase just one more ticket. “Don’t you know, that was the $55,000 winning ticket,” Merlo told Lottery officials with a grin.
Before his big win, Merlo, a retired construction worker, said he was always a fan of the card game 5 Card Stud. “I used to play cards years ago, and I really liked the game,’” said Merlo. When Merlo revealed a ‘hand’ with a ‘Royal Flush,’ he immediately knew that he won the game’s $55,000 top prize. “I still had to look ten times at the ticket. I didn’t believe it, really, until the clerk scanned my ticket for me.”
Merlo arrived at CT Lottery headquarters in Rocky Hill recently to accept his prize check for $37,566 (value after taxes), he was clearly excited about his big win—his largest win ever. “Three years ago I won $1,000. Today I won $55,000. Hopefully, I’ll see you again soon,” Merlo quipped.
For selling Merlo his top prize winning ticket, Hav-Mor Market will receive a $550 bonus check from the CT Lottery.