Christina Desaulniers of Manchester came home from work on March 17 like it was any other day.
"The 4 o’clock news was on TV and I heard they were getting ready to do the 50/50 drawing,” Desaulniers told Lottery officials. “I went and grabbed my ticket and turned it upside down in my hand. As they announced the winning number, I wrote it down on a piece of paper — then I turned my ticket over and looked at my number."
When she saw that the numbers matched, she started to cry.
"Then I checked it about a hundred more times,” Desaulniers said with a laugh.
Her 50/50 Super Draw ticket number — 003380 — was randomly selected from a pool of 97,024 tickets and won the top prize worth 50 percent of the game’s total sales — $242,560.
Desaulniers and her husband, Bob, arrived at CT Lottery headquarters in Rocky Hill on Wednesday, March 20, and claimed their 50/50 Super Draw prize for $242,560, the value before taxes.
“Winning this prize is like a big weight has been lifted off of us,” said a teary-eyed Desaulniers. “We’ll be able to pay off our bills and finally get caught up.”
Desaulniers purchased her 50/50 Super Draw ticket at Stop & Shop #613, located at 10 Pitkin Road in Vernon — the same lottery retailer that sold Rinaldo and Lorraine Fierro of East Hartford their Lucky for Life 2nd prize winning draw ticket worth $25,000 a year for life on February 10, according to CT Lottery.
For selling Desaulniers her top prize winning ticket, Stop & Shop #613 will receive a $2,426 bonus check from the CT Lottery.
Ticket sales for the 50/50 Super Draw game began on Sunday, January 12, and ended on Sunday, March 16. A total of 97,024 tickets were sold for $5 each.