Winner! Waterford Store Sells $2.9 Million Connecticut Lotto! Jackpot Ticket

Written By Veronica Sparks on January 27, 2022
There's a new $2.9 millionaire out there after a Hartford store sold a jackpot-winning Connecticut Lotto! ticket.

Last Wednesday, the Connecticut Lottery announced a lone jackpot winner in the January 11 Lotto!  drawing. The $2.9 million winning ticket was sold in Waterford, CT at the A1 Quick and Easy at 239 Boston Post Rd.

The lucky winner has yet to come forward, but all winners have 180 days, or until July 10, to claim their prizes. IF the winner takes a lump sum, the payout for the winning ticket is estimated at $2.4 million.

Nearly 5,000 January 11 Connecticut Lottery Lotto! winners

The $2.9 million ticket was a six-number match to winning numbers: 4 – 14 – 21 – 22 – 24 – 25. Including the big winner, there were a total of 4,848 winning tickets sold for the Tuesday, January 11 drawing.

  • Six total tickets got a five-number match, earning $1,890 each.
  • 309 tickets got a four-number match, earning $42 each.
  • 4,532 tickets got a three-number match, earning $2 each.

The overall chance of winning a prize in Lotto! is 1 in 39.3.  The chance of winning the jackpot is 1 in approximately 7.1 million.

Big commission payout expected for A1 Quick and Easy

Per the terms of the Lotto! agreement, retailers earn money when they partner with the Connecticut Lottery. They earn 5% commission on all tickets sold, 1% bonuses on winning tickets that they cash out, and “1% selling bonuses up to $100,000.”

When they sell the big winning ticket, Lottery retailers get the biggest selling bonus. Since the A1 Quick and Easy sold the ticket that won the jackpot, they’ll earn a retailer commission of $10,000 for that week’s winning ticket alone.

Connecticut Lottery retailers earn an annual average of $22,000 in commission income from selling Lottery products.

Aside from commissions, retailers that sell Lottery products see more business as a result of partnering with the Connecticut Lottery. Customers who purchase lottery products at retailers purchase other products from the store during 95% of their visits.

You Won! How to claim your Connecticut Lottery prize money

Claiming your prize for your winning ticket depends on the dollar amount of your winnings.

Lottery prize amounts up to $599

Claim your winnings either by mail or in person at participating retailers for a winning ticket of under $600.

Retailers generally redeem prizes gladly, particularly since they receive commissions on prizes paid out by their establishment. However, it’s the retailer’s choice; they don’t have to pay out the prize money.

If they don’t have the cash available in-store for redemption, winning tickets do not have to be paid out by the retailer, for example.

Lottery prize amounts up to $5,000

If your winning ticket has a prize payout between $600 and $5,000, you can claim your winnings a few ways. You can claim by mail, in person at a claim center associated with high-tier CT Lottery tickets, or in-person at Connecticut Lottery Headquarters.

Lottery prize amounts between $5,001 and $49,999

As prize money gets higher, the methods of claiming your winnings become stricter. If your ticket has won more than $5,000 but less than $50,000, you can still claim by mail.

If you want to claim your winnings in person, you must do so at CT Lottery Headquarters for these larger cash prizes.

Lottery prize amounts of $50,000 or higher

Lottery tickets winning $50,000 or more cannot be claimed by mail and must be claimed in person at the CT Lottery Headquarters.

How Connecticut Lottery winners can claim prizes by mail

If your prize is under $50,000, you may claim prize money via mail. It’s recommended that you select a mailing service that gives you proof of the date you mailed.

Complete the fillable portion on the back of your original ticket and sign the ticket. You’ll need to mail it to the CT Lottery Headquarters with copies of two valid forms of identification. The mailing address to send your claim is CT Lottery Claims Dept., 777 Brook Street Rocky Hill, CT 06067.

What forms of identification are valid?

Lottery winners need two valid forms of ID to claim Connecticut Lottery prizes at the state lottery headquarters, claim centers associated with high-tier CT Lottery tickets, or by mail.

Valid forms of IDs include:

  • Driver’s license
  • State ID
  • Passport
  • Social Security card
  • Major credit card with a signature
  • Workplace ID with a photo and signature
  • Pistol Permit

At least one of the forms of identification provided must be a photo ID.

According to CT Lottery law, the original ticket is the only receipt that’s valid for claiming winnings. Therefore by law, the possessor of the ticket is the owner.

Consequently, sign your winning ticket immediately. This is proof of your ownership if the ticket is lost.

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