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Michael Petro is all "thumbs up" with his $100,000 check
Winner:Michael Petro
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Game:CASH5
Prize:$100,000
Retailer:
Waterbury Citgo Quick Mart, Waterbury
Terryville Man’s Chinese Takeout Leads to $100,000 Lottery WinEver order Chinese takeout? Michael Petro’s story might make you think twice about throwing away those fortune cookies. The Terryville resident took home a $100,000 Cash5 top prize after playing his “lucky numbers” from the “fortune” paper!

All five of Petro’s fortune cookie numbers were a perfect match to the winning numbers drawn on September 1, 2016: 14 – 18 – 22 – 24 – 31. In total, 3,490 winning tickets were sold statewide, with prizes ranging in value $2 to $100,000 each.

“Chicken wings and fried rice. Or was it rice pork and vegetables? I forgot,” Petro laughed while trying to remember what he ordered for takeout. Petro didn’t think anything of it when he decided to play the numbers off his fortune cookie. “It was just another day!”

The delighted winner humorously told Lottery officials about his winning moment. “I was yelling at the TV watching the drawing, which I [recorded], wanting the numbers to pop up,” Petro said with a chuckle. “I didn’t tell anyone for a while but told my sister and she said ‘Congratulations!’”

The lucky winner was content with holding his big win until the New Year and is looking to take some time off. “I’m comfortable—worth it to wait this long. I’ll give money to my family and take a cruise somewhere—probably the Caribbean!”

As Petro claimed his prize, he showed Lottery officials the fortune paper with the winning numbers; his fortune read, “Just believe it. Water and oil cannot be mix.” The Terryville resident isn’t exactly sure what the saying means but he’s planning to hold onto the little piece of paper for more good luck.

For selling the winning ticket, Waterbury CITGO Quick Mart located on 990 Huntingdon Avenue in Waterbury will receive a $1,000 bonus check from the CT Lottery.

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