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Alexis LaPuerta of Hartford claims second highest prize in $20 instant game, “Golden Casino”
A “Golden” Opportunity Presents Father and Son with a $25,000 Prize Winning TicketOver a period of three days, Alexis LaPuerta of Hartford and his father alternated taking turns buying CT Lottery “Golden Casino” instant tickets at a nearby market. “We noticed that no one else was buying the game because of the ticket numbers, so we kept on trying our luck,” LaPuerta said. Yesterday afternoon, Golden Casino ticket number “13” was up for grabs—and LaPuerta’s father purchased it. It turned out to be a $25,000 prize winner.

“My [father] had a number match in the first game for $15,000 so he stopped scratching right there, but when he scanned the ticket in the ticket checker, it said he won $25,000. Turns out there was another number match in ‘Game 3’ for $10,000,” LaPuerta told Lottery officials, with a joyful grin. “He called me right away with the good news.”

Since father and son played together as one, they each will take half of the $25,000 prize. “I have a few bills to pay, and my wife and I will finish getting things we need for our new apartment,” said LaPuerta. “This [prize] comes at just the right time.”

LaPuerta’s $25,000 second prize winning Golden Casino ticket was purchased at Martinez Mini Market, located at 110 South Street in Hartford. For selling the prize winning ticket, the retailer will receive a $250 check from the CT Lottery.

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