The winter months are typically a quiet time of year for Giuseppe "Joe" Ambrosio, Jr., a landscaping and masonry tradesman who lives in Norwalk. This week, however, was anything, but "typical" when Ambrosio stepped forward to claim the title of "First CT Lottery Millionaire of 2013" as the $1,000,000 top prize winner in the New Year's "Super Draw" drawing, which was held on Jan. 1.
On New Year's Day, Ambrosio's uncle called to remind him to check his Super Draw tickets for winners. Ambrosio went to the CT Lottery's website (ctlottery.org) to locate the top prize winning Super Draw number - 111163 - and was astounded to find that one of the tickets he had purchased for the drawing was an exact match for the $1,000,000 top prize.
"I like raffles," Ambrosio explained to Lottery officials with a quiet grin. "I won a couple smaller prizes in last year's Super Draw, so I figured I'd try winning again."
Accompanied by his family, Ambrosio received a check for $683,003 (prize value after taxes).
"Winning is a big relief," Ambrosio said. "It's been tough working to pay bills and making ends meet. Now, I'll finally have some extra money that I can save for the future."
"Handing out a $1,000,000 prize check to a new CT Lottery millionaire is a great way to celebrate the New Year," said Anne M. Noble, president and CEO for the CT Lottery.
"We look forward to making many more CT Lottery millionaires in 2013."
Ambrosio's $1,000,000 top prize winning New Year's Super Draw ticket was purchased at Tracey's Smoke Shop located at 493 Connecticut Ave. in Norwalk. Tracey's Smoke Shop will receive a check for $10,000 for selling the ticket.
The ten $20,000 second-prize draw ticket numbers were: 108642, 138784, 142332, 301180, 306903, 317946, 318257, 347043, 366262 and 369377.
Many more $20,000, $1,000 and $100 prizes remain to be claimed, so check your tickets. Players can visit any lottery retailer location to scan their ticket in a lottery Ticket Checker, or go to ctlottery.org to view a complete list of all 1,311 winning ticket numbers.
Draw tickets expire 180 days from their draw date. Tickets for New Year's $1,000,000 Super Draw will expire on June 30, 2013.
For information about the CT Lottery, call 860-713-2700, or visit the CT Lottery web site at ctlottery.org.