ROCKY HILL, Conn. (WTNH) – A local bakery discovered that one of the lottery tickets they bought at Cumberland Farms in Waterbury, was the lucky January 9th Mega Millions drawing winner for $1,000,000.
“It was unbelievable,” said Jacqueline Bolduc of Oakdale, who works at the Cosco Wholesale bakery department in Waterbury, and the person in charge of buying and checking the tickets. “I looked in the newspaper and saw we had four numbers….then I saw the fifth number match. I couldn’t believe it. First, I called Sophie and then Gina. Within hours, the word spread quickly throughout the rest of the group” said Jacqueline Bolduc in a press release.
On January 9, 2015 the winning Mega Millions numbers were 37 – 49 – 50 – 56 – 57. The bakers at the local bakery are now being called “The Baker’s Dozen + 3,” matched the first five numbers that were drawn, but had missed the Mega Ball number, 8. For a total of 31, 124 winning Mega Millions tickets were sold in Connecticut on January 9, ranging in prizes from $1 to $1,000,000.
The 13 coworkers, plus 3 more in different departments have each been putting in $4 twice a week towards the purchase of lottery tickets for the past four years. If there were any winnings they shared equally among the sixteen of them.
Each winner had come forward and accepted a check from Anne Noble, CT Lottery’s President and CEO, for their share of the $1,000,000 prize – $62, 5000.
The odds of winning a Mega Millions prize are 1 in 14.7. Odds of the jackpot are even less likely with 1 in 258,890,850 million.