Hartford, Connecticut not only incorporates the giant US Lottery games of Powerball and Mega Millions, but enlists the lovely nationwide game of “$7,500 a Month for Life”. Like the name says, the game is absolutely rewarding, and a win rewards you for life!
The latest winner was Jennifer Fortier of New Haven who was an unhappily employed waitress (as most waiters and waitresses are), and therefore really deserved the win. Fortier’s win came off a simple $5 ticket and sees her $1, 5 million richer, more importantly, she is now joyfully retired. Of her win, Jennifer explains:
“I had a number ‘2’ match and below it, it said ‘WIN FOR LIFE.’ I had a heart attack. I couldn’t believe it,” Fortier told Lottery officials with a laugh. “Then I scanned it in a ticket checker. It said, ‘Congratulations you won $7,500 a month for life!’ I put the winning ticket inside my shirt and left the store without a word. I even slept with it!”
Winners of the exciting game are given the option of taking their winnings as a $7,500 for life monthly option, or taking the lump sum of $1,5 million. The total prizing for the game amounts to $1, 8 million though. Fortier kept her wits about her and met with a financial advisor – she then chose the option to have the immediate gross payout and received a jackpot prize check of $1,024,501, the total sum after tax.
Fortier, pictured with her father Norm:
“This will change my life,” said Fortier. “It couldn’t have happened at a better time.”
Fortier is not the only lucky one in this life-changing story. Vijay Patel, the owner of the Hartford Newsstand at 901 Main Street in Harford, was also touched by her lottery win. He receives an $18, 000 bonus check from the Connecticut Lottery Corporation for being the outlet that sold the winning lottery ticket. He expressed his joy and his good wishes for the winner by saying “I am very happy for her. I hope she lives a long, long life. Good luck to her!”
Norm, Jennifer’s father was also on hand to share her joyous receipt of winnings and is no doubt thrilled for his daughter’s new found wealth.
It’s always good to hear of hard working people who are gifted with wins that you just know they will appreciate. Fortier's win reminds us of another win from January 2012, when waitress Alexandra Chaar made off with a $1million Florida lottery win. It’s amazing how a simple lottery jackpot could change someone’s whole world and waitresses and waiters are definitely some of the most deserving people to receive a lottery win.
Jumping for Joy - Alexandra Chaar:
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