Stamford resident Anna Rivera has a new reason to celebrate. She's got about a million of them, actually. Rivera became $1 million richer after claiming the first Powerball Match 5 winning ticket of the year in Conecticut.
Rivera matched all five of the February 6th drawing's numbers: 5 - 27 - 36 - 38 - 41. Rivera’s Powerball "Quick Pick" ticket matched the first five numbers, but missed the Powerball number, 12.
Rivera, who received a prize check from Lottery officials for $683,000—the value after taxes—purchased her $1,000,000 prize winning Powerball ticket at Glenbrook General Store located at 501 Glenbrook Road in Stamford. A Lottery retailer since 2010, Glenbrook General Store will receive a $2,000 bonus check from the CT Lottery for selling the million dollar ticket.
"We’re very excited about selling a winning ticket this big," said Glenbrook General Store owner, Shydabanu Shaikh. "We’re very happy for the winner."
In total, 18,578 winning Powerball tickets were sold statewide for that date, with prizes ranging from $4 to $1,000,000. Overall odds of winning a Powerball prize are 1 in 31.8. The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot prize are 1 in 175,223,510.
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.
Editor's note: This article originally was published by Stamford Patch.