|Winner:||Charles Rossi, Middlebury|
|Game:||WIN UP TO $5,000 A MONTH FOR LIFE|
|Retailer:||Peoples Choice Mobil, Southbury|
“Old-time” Southbury Retailer Sells “$5,000 a Month for Life” Top Prize TicketWhen you’ve been around an exceptionally long time as a CT Lottery retailer, you might begin to think that you’ve seen just about everything. Such was the case for Rocco Arbitelli, owner of People’s Choice Mobil of Southbury, who has been a Lottery retailer for nearly 30 years.
Today, however, was a decidedly different type of day for Arbitelli—he received an unexpected, but welcome phone call from CT Lottery officials that People’s Choice Mobil had sold a “Win up to $5,000 a Month for Life” top prize winning scratch ticket. Along with that enviable distinction came another piece of good luck—his store would receive a $12,000 check from the CT Lottery just for selling the ticket.
The lucky winner, Charles Rossi of Middlebury, arrived at Lottery Headquarters yesterday and opted to claim his $5,000 a month for life top prize as a one-time cash lump-sum of $1,000,000 (value before taxes).
“Wow, that’s unbelievable!” said Arbitelli upon hearing the news. “I kept having this feeling lately. I’ve been telling my cashiers that a big win was coming our way. Now, it’s actually happened and we couldn’t be more excited and happy about it.”
The CT Lottery’s “WIN FOR LIFE” instant games rank as some of the most popular scratch games in the state, and it’s no wonder—each of the Win for Life top prizes are based on the longevity of its winner, with a guaranteed minimum total payout. So, depending on the Win for Life game that is played, the top prize winner could receive up to $2,000, $5,000, $7,500, or $10,000 a month—every month—for the rest of their life!
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.