Tongue-tied Machinist in Disbelief over $20,000 Prize Win
The moment that Martin Passander of Ansonia revealed a $1,000 prize next to the “20X” symbol that appeared on his CT Lottery “20X Cash
” scratch game ticket left him utterly speechless. It meant, quite simply, that in one fell swoop Passander was a $20,000 top prize winner.
“I saw the ‘20X’ symbol and then scratched away the prize area—it was $1,000. That’s $20,000! I almost died,” Passander said with a chuckle. “I’ve won [smaller] prizes before, but nothing like this had ever happened to me. I was in disbelief!”
The CT Lottery’s “20X Cash” game is part of a series of scratch games that feature the “X” prize multiplier symbol. When Passander revealed a “20X” symbol, his $1,000 prize was instantly multiplied 20 times for a spectacular $20,000 win.
Passander, who has been employed as a manufacturing machinist at BIC® for over 35 years, quietly shared with Lottery officials a couple thoughts about how he may enjoy spending his unexpected win. “I might take a little vacation, and also help my daughter out. I have two grandkids.”
For selling Passander his top prize winning ticket, Main Street Shell, located at 696 Main Street in Ansonia, will receive a $200 bonus check from the CT Lottery.