50/50 Super Draw Winner Claims Prize
March 21, 2014 – The winner of this year’s 50/50 Super Draw from the Connecticut Lottery has come forward to claim her prize less than a week after her number was drawn from a pool of nearly 100,000 tickets.
Christina Desaulniers said she arrived home from work just moments before the drawing was held Monday, St. Patrick’s Day. Although she isn’t Irish, as Connecticut Lottery officials pointed out in a press release Thursday, Desaulniers was definitely lucky on Paddy’s Day.
She told Lottery officials Thursday that she sat down with her ticket to listen to the winning number, but flipped her Super Draw ticket upside down.
On a separate piece of paper, she wrote the winning number as it was called out – 003380 – and flipped her ticket back over once the final zero was called.
“I immediately started crying,” Desaulniers told Lottery officials when she claimed her prize. ”Then I checked it about a hundred more times.”
Desaulniers won half of the revenue generated from Super Draw sales. She took home $242,560 before taxes thanks to the 50/50 Super Draw, and she and her husband said the win was well-timed.
“Winning this prize is like a big weight has been lifted off us,” Desaulniers said. ”We’ll be able to pay off our bills and finally get caught up.”