[Editor's note: The following is a press release from CT Lottery.]
A monumental $2 million top prize win was claimed yesterday by Xiang Zhou Chen of Naugatuck, the 7th of 10 top prizes awarded in the CT Lottery instant game, “Big Money.”
True to the game’s name, Big Money’s $2 million top prize offers its winners the choice of a 20-year annuity or a one-time cash lump-sum equivalent. After careful consideration, Chen selected the annuity option and was presented at Lottery headquarters in Rocky Hill with his first prize check for $100,000 (value before taxes).
Naugatuck’s local 7-Eleven store, located at 801 Rubber Avenue, is the lucky 12-year lottery retailer who sold Chen his top prize winning ticket. Store owner, Hema Desai, told Lottery officials that she couldn’t be more pleased.
“We were shocked when we learned that our store sold a $2 million winning ticket. We’re especially happy for the winner — it’s nice that someone from our own town was the one to buy the winning ticket,” Desai said.
For selling the top prize winning ticket, 7-Eleven will receive a $20,000 bonus from the CT Lottery.
Of the 10 top prizes in the $20 instant game Big Money, 3 more remain to be claimed. The odds of winning a prize are 1 in 3.51. Odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 504,000.
The CT Lottery reminds the public that purchasers must be 18 or older and to please play responsibly. For more information about CT’s lottery games, visit ctlottery.org or call 860-713-2700.