This is a news release from the Connecticut Lottery:
George Rusin, assistant store manager for at 626 Maple Avenue recently had the unbelievable experience of scanning and confirming a Classic Lotto jackpot-winning ticket for a visibly stunned winner. “To see an actual winner like that—a whole $1.8 million—I never thought I’d see that,” Rusin said.
“The moment was electrifying,” said store manager, Selma Haddad. “It’s good to see real people, really win. It’s a busy store, and we see a lot of the same people,” said Haddad. “We’ve had a couple $100,000 winners in the past, but never a prize this big. This is a first!”
Classic Lotto's jackpot is payable as a 21-year annuity or a one-time cash lump-sum. Winner Donato D’Albis of Cheshire elected the cash lump-sum of $1,218,192 (before taxes) and received a prize check for $832,025 (after taxes), which will provide, according to D’Albis, a level of financial security for his family.
For selling the jackpot winning ticket, Cheshire Citgo will receive a $10,000 bonus from the CT Lottery.