How “Lucky” Can You Get? Newington Man Wins $25,000 Prize on First Try
How lucky can one guy get? Meet first time “Lucky for Life®
” lottery player Derek Jurczewski of Newington whose “Quick Pick” ticket turned into a $25,000 prize win on October 11…and he didn’t even know it.
“I gave my ticket to the clerk to check and see if it was a winner,” Jurczewski told Lottery officials. “When I heard the lottery terminal say ‘Congratulations,’ I thought maybe I won a few bucks. The clerk asked me if I knew I had five winning numbers, but I didn’t. That’s when she told me I won $25,000. I couldn’t believe it at first. I was in shock.”
On October 11, Jurczewski’s ticket missed matching the Lucky Ball number, which was 6, but matched the other five winning numbers drawn, 1 - 22 - 24 - 26 - 35. Of the 23,739 winning tickets sold on that date, two, including Jurczewski’s, were a five number match for a $25,000 prize—the second highest prize in the game. Lucky for Life’s top prize is worth a life-altering $1,000 a day, every day for life.
Jurczewski, who purchased his Lucky for Life prize winning ticket at Cumberland Farms #4748, located at 352 Scott Swamp Road in Farmington, arrived at Lottery headquarters in Rocky Hill and claimed his prize check for $17,075 (value after taxes). “I’m celebrating my 50th birthday next week…this is a pretty good birthday present,” Jurczewski said with a laugh.