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John Lorusso is CT’s first Powerball jackpot winner of the year
Eastford Man Claims $15 Million Powerball® JackpotA 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, 2007—the 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.


The winning names, stories and photos on this website are just a small number of the thousands who claim prizes. The fact is, people win every day with the CT Lottery! Below is a list of recently claimed prizes of $10,000 or more. Please Note: When a winning scratch ticket is validated through a Lottery Retailer's terminal, the remaining number of unclaimed prizes for that prize level is automatically updated reflecting one less prize. Until the individual or group presents their winning ticket for claim at CT Lottery Headquarters, the identity of a winner is unknown.


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