For the second time since in less than two months, a Manchester resident has claimed a $1,000,000 Powerball prize by purchasing a ticket with five winning numbers. "I'm just glad to be one of them," said Gregory Clauss, Connecticut's third and final $1,000,000 winner from the January 13 mega-jackpot drawing. "It's a big relief. I wasn't ready for retirement, but now I am."
"I've been playing the same numbers for years," said Clauss. "The Saturday before was my birthday. I played Powerball then, hoping to win the jackpot, but I didn't win. So, I tried again on Wednesday. It was a great belated birthday present."
Clauss, who has been employed for the last 33 years in the produce department at Stop & Shop, East Hartford, said he showed up for work Thursday morning and shared the good news with his fellow employees. "I told everybody-news spread very quickly throughout the store."
DB Mart at 653 Center Street in Manchester is also feeling pretty lucky today for Clauss' good fortune. For selling Clauss his $1,000,000 prize winning ticket the store will receive a $2,500 check from the CT Lottery. "This is wonderful news," said DB Mart store manager Danny Pahore. "I'm really happy that someone from Connecticut won $1,000,000, and especially happy that it was my store that sold the winning ticket."
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