Middlebury Mom Wins “Once in a Blue Moon” $250,000 Lottery

Her “Quick Pick” ticket was a five-number match.


Krista Carroll, an unemployed radiology technician from Middlebury, experienced her very own 'once in a blue moon' event last Friday evening, August 31, when the numbers on her CT Lottery Mega Millions® “Quick Pick” ticket purchased for the August 31 drawing perfectly matched the first five numbers drawn on that date. The prize for such a feat was a whopping $250,000. 

“When I scanned my ticket in the Ticket Checker and it said it was a $250,000 winner, I didn’t believe it…I thought it was a mistake. When the clerk confirmed I really won $250,000, a nearby customer had to help me sit down — I thought I was going to faint,” Carroll told lottery officials, with a laugh.

The winning Mega Millions numbers drawn on August 31 were 31 - 40 - 41 - 47 - 48.  The Mega Ball number was 45.  A total of 5,328 winning Mega Millions tickets were sold statewide on that date; values ranged from $2 to $250,000 each.

On Wednesday morning, Carroll, accompanied by her family, arrived at lottery headquarters in Rocky Hill to accept a prize check for $170,750, the value after taxes).

“We’ve already talked to our financial planner about this," Carroll said. "We’d like to put some money away for our daughter’s college and pay off a chunk of our mortgage."

For selling Carroll her $250,000 prize winning ticket, Stop & Shop, located at 763 Straits Turnpike in Watertown, will receive a $2,500 bonus from the CT Lottery.

The overall odds of winning a Mega Millions prize are 1 in 39.9 based.  Odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 175,711,536 million.


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