History Repeats Itself at Fairfield Newsstand, Sells “$25,000 a Year for Life” Prize Twice in Two Years
It was “déjà vu all over again” yesterday at local newsstand, News Express in Fairfield. Owner, Harry Patel, received the incredible news that his store had sold a winning draw game ticket for one of the CT Lottery’s most coveted of prizes—a Lucky for Life
$25,000 A YEAR FOR LIFE annuity prize. It was the second time in two years that News Express had the good fortune of doing so, which is really quite a feat. Out of 2,800 lottery retailers, News Express is the only retailer to have such a distinction!
The winning Lucky for Life numbers drawn on March 24, 2016 were 2-12-18-20-22 and the Lucky Ball was 12. In Connecticut alone, there were a total of 14,586 lucky winners with prizes from $3 to “$25,000 a year for life” state-wide.
Cynthia Ostrosky of Fairfield purchased four Lucky for Life tickets for that date, with a collection of her favorite numbers. The fourth ticket that Ostrosky checked against the Lottery’s website (CTLOTTERY.ORG) after the drawing matched the first five numbers drawn, but missed the Lucky Ball number.
“I looked at the winning numbers and thought they looked familiar,” Ostrosky told Lottery officials. “When I got to my last ticket, I saw I had four numbers. That’s when I woke my husband up and told him, ‘I think I won something big!’ It wasn’t until we got here at Lottery headquarters that we really knew for sure that we were the only (second prize) winner (in the game) and actually won $25,000 a year for life.”
If the annuity prize option is chosen, the minimum guaranteed amount Lucky for Life second prize winners could receive is $500,000 ($25,000 a year for 20 years), but those who live longer than that receive prize payments for the remainder of their natural life. Second prize winners also have the option to claim their prize in a one-time cash lump sum of $390,000.
Ostrosky, accompanied by her husband Michael, arrived at Lottery headquarters opting for the game’s $25,000 a year – every year – for life annuity prize. “This is a very happy day. We are just so thankful,” Ostrosky said. “We chose the annuity prize, because we’d rather have money every year that we can count on. It will be such a big help. It’s really unbelievable.”
Harry Patel, owner of News Express, echoed Ostrosky’s sentiment almost exactly when he heard his store had sold yet another Lucky for Life $25,000 year for life prize winning ticket. “Really?! That’s unbelievable!” said Patel. “Maybe the next time we sell a Lucky for Life ticket it will be one for the $1,000 a day for life top prize!” News Express’ first “Lucky” second prize winner, Charles D’Amato of Bridgeport, claimed his prize for the game’s April 28, 2014 drawing choosing the one-time cash lump sum of $390,000.