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Louis Criscuolo Wins Top Prize Playing “Treasure” Instant Game
Winner:Louis Criscuolo, East Haven
Claim Date:
Game:TREASURE
Prize:$50,000
Retailer:
Milford Sunoco, Milford
East Haven Man’s “Lucky Pick” Pays Out $50,000 PrizeOver the last couple years, Louis Criscuolo of East Haven has enjoyed purchasing his CT Lottery tickets from Baven, a friendly gas station attendant who works at Milford Sunoco on Old Gate Lane in Milford.  “He’s a real nice guy,” said Criscuolo.  Recently, Criscuolo jokingly asked Baven, “Pick me a winner.”  Much to Criscuolo’s luck and surprise, that’s exactly what Baven did.  When Criscuolo scratched off the first box on the $5 “Treasure” instant game ticket that Baven chose at random from the dispenser, he revealed a matching pair of 9’s…with a corresponding $50,000 top prize.  “I knew right away that I won $50,000 without having to wait to get to the end of the ticket,” said Criscuolo with a laugh. 

After a moment of disbelief, Criscuolo asked Baven to scan the Treasure ticket on the lottery terminal to verify that it was a winner.  Once confirmed, the two men excitedly exchanged a few “high-fives” in celebration.  Then Criscuolo called his wife, Cheryl, to share the incredible news.  “I couldn’t reach her,” Criscuolo told lottery officials with a shake of his head.  “When she called me back, and I told her that I won, she couldn’t believe it.” 

Yesterday, Criscuolo arrived with his son at CT Lottery headquarters in Rocky Hill to accept a prize check for $34,251 (value after taxes).  “This will help pay for my son’s high school tuition, but maybe we'll get a swimming pool, too, or a new truck,” Criscuolo mused.

For selling Criscuolo his top prize winning ticket, Milford Sunoco will receive a $500 bonus check from the CT Lottery.

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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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