Retired Fireman Feels the Heat of a $10,000 Connecticut Lottery Win

Photo of Willie Baldwin courtesy of CT Lottery
Photo of Willie Baldwin courtesy of CT Lottery

I met Willie Baldwin about a month ago, shortly after he had won $10,000 playing Connecticut’s enormously popular Lucky-4-Life lottery game.

Baldwin, a retired fire marshall, is a very precise, cautious man. That is part of the job description; at least for all the good fire marshalls I know.

So when he discovered that he’d won a second tier prize in the game, he first had to do some investigating on his own.

That’s what fire marshalls do on their job. Investigate.

On April 23, 2009, the winning Lucky-4-Life numbers were 10,17,27,28 and the Lucky Ball was 4. Baldwin missed the Lucky Ball.

After checking with the retailer and online, he realized it was all true.

Baldwin plans to put his prize money to good use by helping his mom pay to attend an out-of-state family reunion.  He’d also like to put some money towards the purchase of a new car for himself.

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Married to a beautiful (and extremely intelligent--- smarter than I am) South African woman. One child (brilliant). I've written three books, only one now available. Editor in chief of magazines...former managing editor .... news reporter, magazine writer, joker, sometimes a fool, lottery expert, lover of old, classic movies, music fanatic, Science Fiction fan (Warhammer 40,000, Game of Thrones). Goal for next year: Walk the Camino de Santiago. Into metaphysics, Esther Hicks (Abraham), Louise Hay


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