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Fernando Perez Claims “$3,000,000 Riches” Instant Game Top Prize
East Hartford Man Purchases $3,000,000 Winning Scratch Ticket to Retirement
March 20, 2014 -- Yesterday afternoon, Fernando Perez of East Hartford purchased two CT Lottery draw tickets and a “$3,000,000 Riches” instant ticket.  Later on, when Perez got home, he discovered his good fortune—his $3,000,000 Riches ticket would gain him access to a much earlier retirement.  

“When I saw that I won the $3,000,000 prize, I couldn’t believe it was true,” Perez told lottery officials.  “I tell you, it was very difficult to sleep last night, thinking about how my life was going to change.”

A machinist at Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford for 23 year years, Perez went to work this morning to take care of a couple pieces of business—he put in for vacation time, and then gave notice that he would formally retire in April.  Perez then drove to CT Lottery headquarters in Rocky Hill to officially validate his $3,000,000 prize winning ticket and claim his life-altering prize.

The $3,000,000 Riches instant game gives top prize winners the choice between a 20-year annuity prize worth $3,000,000, or a cash lump sum value of $2,307,300.  Opting for the cash lump sum, Perez accepted a prize check for $1,575,895 after taxes.

As he departed, Lottery officials asked Perez what he the planned to do first today.  His response was priceless.  “I’m going to the bank!” he quipped.

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