$100,000 “Cash5” Win Leaves West Haven Woman in Tears of Happiness
Knia Riles-Mathis of West Haven couldn’t help but tear up as she claimed her “Cash5
” $100,000 top prize at the CT Lottery Headquarters in Rocky Hill.
Comforted by her husband and daughter, an emotional Riles-Mathis stated, “I’m humbled.”
Riles-Mathis was looking forward to playing the Cash5 numbers and even traveled to another town to do so. “Let’s go to Wheels in Fairfield and play the numbers,” she told her husband. Riles-Mathis was unsure of what numbers to play until her daughter decided to help her pick.
Riles-Mathis checked her ticket the night after the drawing, “I screamed to my husband to come over, ‘I think we won!’” Still in disbelief, Riles-Mathis and her family triple-checked her numbers online and even went to a local CT Lottery retailer to use the Ticket Checker. Winnings confirmed, Riles-Mathis knew she had to come to the CT Lottery Headquarters.
The Cash5 numbers of Riles-Mathis’ ticket were a perfect match to the winning numbers drawn on July 16th: 7 – 15 – 16 – 27 – 28. In total, 3,654 winning tickets were sold statewide, with prizes ranging in value $2 to $100,000 each.
“My husband works very hard—I just want my family to be happy,” Riles-Mathis told Lottery officials in tears. Heartbroken that she couldn’t help before, Riles-Mathis plans to assist her mother with bills.
With encouragement from her family, Riles-Mathis also looks to enjoy the little things and treat herself to a manicure, “I’m a simple woman—I haven’t had one in 7 years!”
For selling the winning ticket, Wheels CITGO located on 2047 Post Road in Fairfield will receive a $1000 check from the CT Lottery.