Fairfield man hits $1.1M lottery jackpot
Published 3:51 pm, Wednesday, December 1, 2010
A Fairfield man has struck the jackpot after coming up with the winning numbers in a Connecticut lottery draw on Nov. 19.
Retired engineer Ben Troidle claimed the $1.1 million prize in the Classic Lotto drawing when his ticket matched the winning numbers -- 2, 11, 12, 20, 22, 27.
Troidle discovered his windfall when he checked the lottery's website on his cell phone. "I was absolutely flabbergasted," he said.
After relaying the good news to his wife, Mary Ann, he later confirmed with another visit to the lottery's website that he was, in fact, Connecticut's newest lottery millionaire.
The windfall was especially fortuitous given that Troidle did not technically pay for the winning draw. By purchasing a CT Lottery Advance Action ticket, he was able to buy 26 drawings, but only paid for 25. Coincidentally, he hit the jackpot on the free 26th drawing.
After going to the CT Lottery headquarters in Rocky Hill last week, Troidle decided to claim his fortune as a lump sum. That works out to more than $732,000 before taxes, and net a prize of approximately $502,000.
Since his winning numbers were based on the birthdates of his three children, Troidle plans to share his prize with them. "It will be a good Christmas," he said.
Troidle bought his jackpot ticket at the Fairfield Woods OTR Mobil station at 2120 Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield. The station will also benefit from Troidle's good fortune; it will receive a $10,000 bonus from the CT Lottery for selling the winning ticket.