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Michael Samlidis of Norwalk Wins CT Lottery

CT Lottery winner Michael Samlidis of Norwalk. Contributed photo
CT Lottery winner Michael Samlidis of Norwalk. Contributed photo
Thursday night, while getting ready for work at his second job, Michael Samlidis of Norwalk asked his wife, Helen, to check the CT Lottery’s website (ctlottery.org) for the winning Lucky for Life® numbers.  

“When she gave me the piece of paper with the numbers she wrote down, my heart nearly jumped out of my chest!  I couldn’t believe it,” Samlidis told lottery officials with a laugh.

Samlidis’ $2 Lucky for Life ticket for the January 23 drawing missed the Lucky Ball number, 19, but matched five of the winning numbers drawn; 12-14-19-20-21, for the game’s $25,000 a year for life 2nd prize.  “These are all family’s birthday numbers.  I’ve been playing them for years,” Samlidis said in a release.

Across New England, 43,244 winning Lucky for Life tickets were purchased for the January 23, 2014 drawing, including 14,303 tickets in Connecticut alone.  The drawing also marks the 14th time a ‘$25,000 a year for life’ 2nd prize has been won in New England since the new game began on September 19, and fourth Lucky 2nd prize win for Connecticut.

The minimum guaranteed amount a 2nd prize Lucky for Life “Annuity” winner could receive is $500,000 ($25,000 a year for 20 years), but winners who live longer than 20 years will receive prize payments for the remainder of their natural life.  Samlidis opted to collect his $25,000 a year for life 2nd prize in a one-time cash lump-sum of $390,000.

“This prize will make life a little bit easier,” Samlidis said in a release.  “We’ll be able to help our kids, our grandchildren, and maybe take a vacation back to Greece, my homeland.”

For selling Samlidis his winning ticket, Hills Confectionery, located at 57 Stevens Street in Norwalk, will receive a $2,500 bonus check from the CT Lottery.

About the New England Lucky for Life game:

• It is the only lottery draw game with two “For Life” prize levels.

• Besides the top two “For Life” prizes, the game also features cash prizes ranging from $2 to $3,000.  Overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 8.6.

• New England Lucky for Life tickets are $2 each and are sold at Lottery retailers in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.  Winning tickets must be redeemed in the state where purchased.

• Drawings are held every Monday and Thursday at 10:38pm.

• “For Life” prizes are payable for the length of a winner’s natural life.  At minimum, payments are guaranteed to be made for 20 years, but could last much longer, based on the winner’s lifespan.

To learn more about the Lucky for Life game visit ctlottery.org or NELuckyforLife.com, or visit your local Lottery retailer.
Pete Turner January 24, 2014 at 06:09 PM
Playing all family birthday numbers (calendar dates) is often said to be a bad idea, because so many others do this so a win may have to be shared. But it came up trumps here! Meanwhile, if you're interested, I have my own little just-for-fun page which generates personal quick pick numbers. As I say, it is strictly just for fun, but you never know your luck! Look out for VillaLibra if you want to see if you can locate it.

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