Man’s lottery ticket wins $10M for Connecticut widow

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On the day Donald Peters died of a heart attack, he bought two Connecticut Lottery tickets — one for him and one for his wife, Charlotte.

Peters purchased the tickets at a local 7-Eleven store as part of a 20-year tradition he shared with his wife. Later that day, the 79-year-old experienced a fatal heart attack while working in his Danbury yard.

When Charlotte, 78, found the tickets a month after the Dec. 2 drawing, she almost threw them away because she thought they had expired. But she figured she might as well check to see if she had won a few dollars.

On Friday, his widow cashed in one of the tickets: a $10 million winner which, in her grief over her husband’s death, she had put aside and almost discarded before recently checking the numbers.

“I’m numb,” said Charlotte. “I’m still numb.”

“I was in the grocery store and I had it checked and they told me I was a winner,” she added. “I had no idea how much it was.”

She said playing the lottery is a 20-plus year habit. One day 20 years ago, she and Donald bought tickets, and they bought them weekly ever since.

She does not yet know what she will do with the money.

“I’ve always wanted a Corvette, but I don’t think I’ll buy one. I’ll stick to a small car. I might go to Mohegan Sun,” she said, referring to the casino in Connecticut. “I’m going to go home and sit and think.”

Her winning ticket numbers were: 02-07-09-11-27-33.

(Via The Chicago Tribune)