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First-Time Player Bags Powerball Jackpot; Millions To Claim In Connecticut

Coast Guard Lt. Andrew Norberg receives his $1 million presentation check from Anne Noble, CT Lottery President and CEO, for matching five numbers in last week's record Powerball drawing.
Coast Guard Lt. Andrew Norberg receives his $1 million presentation check from Anne Noble, CT Lottery President and CEO, for matching five numbers in last week's record Powerball drawing. Photo Credit: CT Lottery

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — If you bought a Powerball ticket in Fairfield County for the record-breaking $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot last week, check your ticket: You may join a first-time lottery player with a million-dollar prize.

Andrew Norberg of New London had never bought a lottery ticket, but he took a chance at winning the gigantic Powerball jackpot.

"The jackpot had just gone over a billion dollars, so I figured I might as well buy a few tickets,” Norberg said in a statement.

The winning Powerball numbers drawn on Jan. 13 were 4, 8, 19, 27, 34 and Powerball 10.

Of the 350,629 prize-winning Powerball tickets sold in Connecticut for that date, three contained a five-number match for the $1 million prize. The three winning tickets were sold in Fairfield County, Hartford County and New London County —where Norberg bought his “Quick Pick” ticket.

The winners have not yet come forward in Fairfield County and Hartford County.

“I was sitting at my desk at work Thursday morning and checked the winning numbers online,” Norberg told Lottery officials. “Since I never played before, I didn’t even realize that I won a prize since I missed the Powerball number. I asked one of my co-workers what the odds were for getting just five numbers. That’s when the whole office started screaming. There was a whole lot of hooting and hollering.”

Norberg, 29, is a graduate and instructor at the Coast Guard Academy in New London. Some of the prize money, said Norberg, will help him and his fiancé, who is also in the Coast Guard. “We’re getting married this April. This will go to a nice honeymoon, and our future life together,” he said.

Norberg purchased his winning ticket at Sully's Mobil Mart at 382 Vauxhall St. in New London. Last year, Sully’s sold an Electric Boat employee a “Lucky for Life” $25,000 a year for life prize winning ticket. In 2012, Sully’s also sold a winning $4.5 million Lotto jackpot ticket to a Waterford couple.

Sully’s owner, Patrick "P.J." Sullivan, said he couldn’t be happier for his newest winner.

“It’s great for him, and such a great start. Especially being a first time player. It doesn’t get any better than that,” Sullivan said. For selling the winning ticket, Sully's Mobil will receive a $2,500 check from the CT Lottery.

There is also an unclaimed $1 million winner sold in Fairfield County for the Dec. 9 Powerball: The winning numbers are 13, 27, 33, 47, 69 with a Powerball of 13.

And there is an unclaimed $1 million winner and a $2 million winner sold in Fairfield County and Hartford County for the Jan. 9 Powerball: The winning numbers are 16, 19, 32, 34, 57 with a Powerball of 13.

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