COLCHESTER, Conn. (WTNH) – It’s a great start to the new year for one Colchester woman. Kathleen Wentworth just won $25,000 a year for the rest of her life. She checked her lottery tickets early Monday morning for the winning numbers for January first and realized she was a winner.
“The first ticket I checked was a Cash5. It wasn’t a winner. But, when checked the first three Lucky for Life numbers, I saw that mine were a match,” Kathleen said. “Then I checked the next two numbers—they matched, too. I thought maybe I won $300, until I saw the prize payouts. There was one winning ticket for $25,000 a year for life, and it was mine.”
The winning Lucky for Life numbers on January 1, 2015 were 7-8-17-31-43 with the Lucky Ball number of 8. Kathleen’s “Quick Pick” ticket missed the Lucky Ball number, but for matching the first 5 numbers drawn, she was rewarded with the game’s second highest “For Life” prize, $25,000 a year for life.
Kathleen is part of an exclusive club of winners. There are only 48 people in New England that have won the Lucky for Life game. With her now as a winner the total is 49 New Englanders, 17 of which are in Connecticut.
Kathleen’s winning Lucky for Life ticket was purchased at Stop & Shop #608 at 99 Linwood Avenue in Colchester. For selling the ticket, Stop & Shop will receive a $2,500 bonus check from the CT Lottery.