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Derrick Gooden of Bristol Wins Top Prize Playing “Cashword 17” Instant Game
Winner:Derrick Gooden, Bristol
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Game:CASHWORD 17
Prize:$25,000
Retailer:
Jays Wine & Spirit, Bristol
Retired House Painter Mixes It Up, Wins $25,000Derrick Gooden, a retired house painter from Bristol, likes to follow a regular routine that includes playing his favorite CT Lottery draw games...Lucky-4-Life, Powerball and Mega Millions.  Recently, however, Gooden had the urge to “try something different,” so he asked his daughter-in-law, Elaine, to buy him an instant game ticket.  She purchased “Cashword 17,” a $3 game that she enjoys playing herself, and gave it to him.  A few strokes across the face of the ticket rewarded Gooden well for mixing it up--$25,000, one of Cashword 17’s twenty top prizes.  

A first time player, Gooden didn’t realize that his ticket was worth $25,000; in fact, he and Elaine both thought it was a $1,000 winner.  Bringing the ticket to a lottery retailer, Elaine first scanned it in a Ticket Checker and then had the retailer validate it, receiving a Claim Receipt.  “I thought it was for $2,500, but then I saw the extra zero,” said Gooden with a grin.

Gooden, with his daughter-in-law at his side, arrived at CT Lottery headquarters in Rocky Hill recently and received a check for $17,126 (prize value after taxes).  “I’ll get a little something for myself, and buy some Christmas gifts for the kids,” Gooden said.

Cashword 17 certainly has its followers; it is a game that is played much like a traditional crossword puzzle, with an extended-play aspect that many players take pleasure in. Gooden’s top prize winning ticket was purchased at Jay’s Wine & Spirit located on North Main Street in Bristol.

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The winning names, stories and photos on this website are just a small number of the thousands who claim prizes. The fact is, people win every day with the CT Lottery! Below is a list of recently claimed prizes of $10,000 or more. Please Note: When a winning scratch ticket is validated through a Lottery Retailer's terminal, the remaining number of unclaimed prizes for that prize level is automatically updated reflecting one less prize. Until the individual or group presents their winning ticket for claim at CT Lottery Headquarters, the identity of a winner is unknown.

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