$1 Million Winner Says She’s “Not that Lucky”

Jul 10, 14 $1 Million Winner Says She’s “Not that Lucky”

July 10, 2014 – Nancy Catalano’s luck certainly changed for the better last week.  She bought a ticket for the July 2 Powerball drawing and ended up winning $1 million after matching the five white numbers drawn.

When the Greenwich, Conn. local picked up her prize from the Connecticut Lottery earlier this week, she told lottery officials she was in disbelief.

“Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I’d win a million dollars.  I’m not really that lucky,” Catalano said.

But she was lucky enough to beat odds of about 1 in 5 million against to win Powerball’s second prize.  Catalano matched the five white numbers 8, 18, 45, 53 and 58 on July 2.  The Powerball that night was 35; had she matched that number, Catalano would have won a $90 million jackpot.

Instead, she scored a $1 million prize, an early birthday present for Catalano, who turns 76 next week.  After taxes, she received a check for $683,000.

Catalano was one of five new millionaires made on July 2.  Another ticket sold in New Jersey had the Power Play option added, securing a $2 million prize for that player.

The other three second-prize winning tickets were sold in Massachusetts, New Mexico and South Carolina.

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Written by Matt Isaacs

Matt is the Editorial Manager for the LotteryHUB News Team. Matt graduated from Rutgers University’s School of Journalism and Media Studies in May 2013

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