Winning Surprised This Woman, So Did The Prize Amount

Antoinette Kudelchuk from Jewett City, CT didn’t let grass grow under her feet waiting to claim her fabulous once in a lifetime lottery prize.

The day after the Thursday, September 3rd Lucky for Life drawing, Antoinette arrived at Lottery headquarters in Rocky Hill with a “Lucky” prize winning ticket. She had missed the Lucky ball number, 14, but matched the first five numbers drawn, 25-39-46-47-48. Of the 11,551 winning Lucky for Life tickets sold in Connecticut for that date, Antoinette’s ticket was the only one that contained a five number match for the game’s second highest prize—$25,000 a year for life.

“When the clerk scanned my ticket with the lottery terminal he said, ‘You won second prize.’ I said, ‘What’s that? A thousand dollars?’ He said, ‘No, you won $25,000 a year for life.’ I almost had a total heart attack right there,” said Antoinette with a laugh.

Antoinette chose to claim her $25,000 a year for life second prize in a one-time cash lump-sum of $390,000 (value before taxes). “I know exactly what I’m going to do with the money—pay my bills!”