Earlier this week, first-time lottery player Andrew Norberg of New London decided to finally take a chance at winning the record-breaking $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot. "The jackpot had just gone over a billion dollars, so I figured I might as well buy a few tickets," Norberg said.
Of the 350,629 prize-winning Powerball tickets sold in Connecticut for that date, three contained a 5 number match for the $1,000,000 prize in Fairfield, Hartford and New London counties - and Norberg's "Quick Pick" ticket was one of them.
"I was sitting at my desk at work Thursday morning and checked the winning numbers online," Norberg told Lottery officials. "Since I never played before, I didn't even realize that I won a prize since I missed the Powerball number. I asked one of my coworkers what the odds were for getting just five numbers. That's when the whole office started screaming. There was a whole lot of hooting and hollering."
Norberg, 29, a graduate and instructor at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, arrived late yesterday afternoon at CT Lottery headquarters in Rocky Hill to claim his monumental $1,000,000 prize. Some of the prize money, said Norberg, will certainly help him and his fiancé, who is also in the Coast Guard, in the months ahead. "We're getting married this April. This will go to a nice honeymoon, and our future life together."
Norberg purchased his $1,000,000 prize winning ticket at what is quickly becoming a very lucky retail location-Sully's Mobil Mart at 382 Vauxhall Street in New London. Just last year, Sully's sold an Electric Boat employee a "Lucky for Life" $25,000 a year for life prize winning ticket. In 2012, Sully's also sold a winning $4.5 million Lotto jackpot ticket to a Waterford couple.
Sully's owner, Patrick "P.J." Sullivan, said he couldn't be happier for his store's newest winner. "The best thing about this story is that he's 29 years old and just starting out a new life. It's great for him, and such a great start. Especially being a first time player. It doesn't get any better than that." For selling the winning ticket, Sully's Mobil will receive a $2,500 check from the CT Lottery.
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