Sunday, August 9, 2015
Ansonia man wins $20,000 in Lottery scratch-off game
By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
ANSONIA >> Little did resident and volunteer firefighter Martin J. Passander know that when he walked into the Main Street Shell station earlier this week, he would walk out $20,000 richer.
Passander purchased a scratch-off Lottery ticket for $20 at the Shell station, located at 696 Main St., the other day. He got the surprise of a lifetime when the 20X Cash scratch game ticket he rubbed off with a coin landed him a whopping $20,000 payday.
“I saw the ‘20X’ symbol and then scratched away the prize area — it was $1,000,” Passander said in a press release from CT Lottery. ”That’s $20,000! I almost died. I’ve won (smaller) prizes before, but nothing like this had ever happened to me. I was in disbelief!”
Passander, who has been employed as a manufacturing machinist at Bic in Milford for more than 35 years, told lottery officials he was “tongue-tied” and “utterly speechless” when he learned he scored as the game’s top winner.
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