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Dennis Klaus and Maryann Daino of Gaylordsville claim Lottery’s top drawing prize for Oct. 12
Winner:Dennis Klaus
Claim Date:
Game:5 Card Cash
Prize:$127,778
Retailer:
Xpress Fuel, New Milford
A New Story Begins: Hurricane Sandy Survivors Claim “5 Card Cash” $255,555 Top PrizeAfter surviving the wrath of Hurricane Sandy and the total destruction of their homes, former New York residents Maryann Daino and Dennis Klaus relocated to Connecticut to carve out a new existence for themselves, built on a strong foundation of faith, and with the help and generosity of others. Yesterday, the couple arrived at CT Lottery headquarters in Rocky Hill, eager to start a new and exciting chapter in their lives—as $255,555 top prize winners of the lottery’s $2 draw game, 5 Card Cash. “This is the beginning of a new story for us,” Daino said.

“I handed Dennis the ticket and told him we won. He didn’t believe me at first; he thought I was kidding him,” Daino said with a laugh. “I said, ‘No, Dennis, I’m not kidding. This [prize] is our new home.’”

Daino’s 5 Card Cash ticket for October 12, 2014, was a perfect match to the winning card symbols drawn on that date: 10C - 5C - 2H - AD - 6D (10 of Clubs, 5 of Clubs, 2 of Hearts, Ace of Diamonds, 6 of Diamonds). In addition to Daino’s $255,555 top prize win, 247 tickets contained a match for prizes ranging from $20 to $555. A total of 14,284 tickets also contained “Instant Win” prizes ranging from a $2 (free ticket) to $555.

“We took our time claiming the prize,” explained Klaus. “We lost everything before and we didn’t want to lose everything again. We wanted to be careful, so we talked to an accountant and a lawyer first.”

Daino and Klaus split their $255,555 top prize ($127,778 each before taxes). “We’re leaving here and going straight to the bank to put an offer on a house. It’s the house of our dreams,” Daino said tearfully. “It’s important that people know…you have to keep the faith because there is life afterwards, and there’s a wonderful life waiting.”

Daino’s $255,555 top prize winning ticket was purchased at New Milford Hess, located at 20 Danbury Road in New Milford. Whenever a 5 Card Cash top prize drawing win occurs retailers, like New Milford Hess, receive a $2,500 bonus check from the CT Lottery for selling the ticket.

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