Lucky 23 at Electric Boat Celebrate Big Lottery Win

It was a lucky afternoon on September 4 at 4 p.m. when the Lucky 23 (all but two of them) gathered on the steps of the Electric Boat supplier-quality facility at the Groton Shopping Center. It was, in a sense, the culmination of a bolt from the blue that first struck August 7 when their winning Quick Pick number, bought collectively, was drawn in the CT Lottery Powerball game.
For the record…the number? It is 5-25-30-58-59-PB-32. And, for the record…the winning ticket price at The Gas Mart on Poquonnock Road, Groton? It was $2. And the win?  A cool, very cool, million dollars!

Feeling like a Million Bucks! EB winners of the CT Lottery’s Quick Picks game on August 7 received their shares in Groton on September 4. In the photo are, Front row - Left to right: Peggy Jensen, Mark Byington (who holding the check and was the lucky ticket buyer), Gary Fisette, Rich Slack. Second row - Holid Love, Steve Mercer. Third row - Joe Sakmar, Steve Lawrence, Frank Chiaradio, Kevin Cronin. Fourth row -  Bob Smelings, Gary Cabral, Ken Wimberly,Pam Wright, Leah Gettens. Fifth row - Douglas Buck, Ken Levine, Chuck Tabor, John Conroy. Back row - Alex Morales and Heyward WIlliams. Not in photo: John Bentley.

Feeling like a Million Bucks! EB winners of the CT Lottery’s Quick Picks game on August 7 received their shares in Groton on September 4. In the photo are, Front row – Left to right: Peggy Jensen, Mark Byington (who holding the check and was the lucky ticket buyer), Gary Fisette, Rich Slack. Second row – Holid Love, Steve Mercer. Third row – Joe Sakmar, Steve Lawrence, Frank Chiaradio, Kevin Cronin. Fourth row –  Bob Smelings, Gary Cabral, Ken Wimberly,Pam Wright, Leah Gettens. Fifth row – Douglas Buck, Ken Levine, Chuck Tabor, John Conroy. Back row – Alex Morales and Heyward WIlliams. Not in photo: John Bentley.

Yes, Uncle Sam will get his share. But in the meantime the 23 winners can spend their time happily figuring out how to spend–or save or invest–their winnings.
At the Groton presentation, President and CEO of the CT Lottery, Anne M. Noble, officially presented a  $1,000,000 ceremonial check to help celebrate the August 7 Powerball prize win.  The group, which playfully donned the moniker “LUCKY 23,” officially joins Connecticut’s growing list of winners to claim the game’s “Match 5” prize.
“There’s a lot of excitement here today,” said the group’s spokesperson, Mark Byington, amid all of the high energy and commotion.  “It’s a nice, little windfall for some of these guys.  I’m very happy for all of them.” After the festivities, the CT Lottery president presented each winner with their share of the $1,000,000 prize in a check for $29,695—after taxes.
“We hope you all enjoy what you have won with a lot of happiness and good health,” said Anne Noble. “We love it when people play together—it’s all about fun.”
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