Arrrghhh … it was a hearty dinner indeed for Christopher Brown.
Shortly after receiving a $10 tip from a customer for a late night tow, wrecker driver Christopher Brown of Vernon ended his shift and stopped to get dinner.
“I went to pick up some Chinese take-out,” Brown explained to Connecticut Lottery officials about a trip to China Taste.
“While I was waiting for my food, I took the change from the $10 and went next door to Krauszer’s. I noticed the ‘Pirate’s Treasure’ ticket and bought one."
It was better than a fortune cookie. It was a $30,000 winner.
Lottery officials said a winning number match on Brown’s Pirate’s Treasure ticket ultimately revealed one of the game’s $30,000 top prizes.
“I scratched the ticket and saw a $3 prize and thought I won my money back. Then I saw all the zeros after it. I had to sit down. I felt like I was dreaming,” Brown said with a laugh.
The prize Brown received after taxes was valued at $20,491. It was a nice welcome gift.
“I recently moved from Massachusetts to Connecticut. I sold my car to help pay for the move. This prize will help me to buy a new car,” Brown said.
For selling Brown his $30,000 top prize winning ticket, Krauszer’s, located at 73 East St., will receive a $300 bonus check from the CT Lottery.
The overall odds of winning a prize in Pirate’s Treasure are 1 in 3.93, lottery officials said. Of the four top prizes in the game, two remain to be claimed, lottery officials said.