Ben Troidle, a retired engineer from Fairfield, Connecticut, never misses the chance to play a Classic Lotto drawing, held every Tuesday and Friday in the state. Good thing he plays that way, else he might have missed a draw that won him $1.1 million.
Here’s the rest of the story: Ben likes to buy tickets in advance so that he doesn’t miss a draw.
One of those advance draws held the winning $1.1 million jackpot combination for Friday, November 19, 2010.
The six numbers on Troidle’s Classic Lotto ticket were based on the birthdates of his three children, which matched perfectly with those drawn that night, 2-11-12-20-22-27.
“I was absolutely flabbergasted,” Troidle said.
He found out by looking at the CT Lottery web site.
Troidle did a double take, and told his wife of 50 years, Mary Ann, “I think we won!” He later confirmed on his computer, again by visiting the lottery’s website, that he was, indeed, Connecticut’s newest Lottery millionaire.
The Troidle’s made the trip to CT Lottery Headquarters in Rocky Hill last Tuesday morning to have the ticket validated and then took a few more days to decide how to claim his $1.1 million jackpot prize– as a 21-year annuity or a one-time cash lump-sum.
They chose the lump sum of $732,606 (before taxes). The net prize was $501,837.
Troidle plans to invest his prize money wisely, and to share it with his children. “It will be a good Christmas,” he said.