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Last month’s big lottery winners and the 31 who split $2M

October 1, 2018

It’s not often that you have 31 people share a big CT Lottery jackpot.

But it did happen last month when members of The Lottery Club pooled money to buy tickets for the Aug. 24 Mega Millions drawing.

One of those tickets purchased at Wheels Convenience Store in Fairfield had the winning numbers of 1 - 6 - 13 - 18 - 49, Mega Ball 8 and Megaplier 2.

And because the Mega Millions “Quick Pick” ticket was purchased (with another buck) with the Megaplier feature added, the $1 million prize was automatically multiplied by two for $2 million.

Six years ago, Karen Cross, of Trumbull, organized the “Lottery Club” at her place of work at Al Filippone Associates at William Raveis Real Estate in Fairfield, where she collected the money, bought the tickets and checked the numbers after every drawing.

After the drawing, Cross discovered one ticket that missed the winning Mega Ball number, but matched the first five white ball numbers drawn.

“I wasn’t sure what we won,” she told Lottery officials. “I thought it was $5,000 at first, but we were optimistic.”

Cross returned to Wheels and scanned the ticket, while co-worker Vicki Ihlefeld, of Fairfield , FaceTimed with two other members of the Lottery Club back at the office.

When the congratulatory message “Winner $2,000,000” popped up on the Ticket Checker, they were all shocked.

“We stayed quiet and held it together in the store — we got goosebumps, but when we got inside the car we both just started screaming,” she told lottery officials

On Sept. 6, a few members of The Lottery Club went to CT Lottery headquarters in Rocky Hill to claim their jackpot.

Because the lottery lists the names of its games’ winners on its web site, the members of the Lottery Club has been revealed.

All 31 members of The Lottery Club split the jackpot, each receiving $64,516.

They include: Karen Cross, of Trumbull; Al Filippone, of Darien; Amanda Heyn, of Fairfield; Susana Chuka, of Shelton; Tracie Rigione, of Fairfield; Vicki Ihlefeld, of Fairfield; Wendy Ryan, of Southport; Lizabeth Lewis, of Stamford; Margaret Smith, of Norwalk, Elizabeth Snell, of Southport; Michael Daley, of Southport; Nicole Farrell, of Fairfield; and Pamela Foarde, of Fairfield.

Also, Katherine Wachtel, of Fairfield; Kelli Montanaro, of Fairfield; Leann Ratner, of Fairfield; Elizabeth Tritschler, of Southport; Elisabeth Babington, of Fairfield; Elizabeth Flavin, of Fairfield; Elish Telling, of Fairfield; Gerald Vigorito, of Fairfield; Gina Hackett, of Westport; Jorge Rivera Iii, of Southport; Karen Waldvogel, of Fairfield; Karin Fry, of Stamford; Amie Lindwall Belile, of Fairfield; Amy Desel, of Fairfield; Amy Hios, of Fairfield; Ann Small, of Fairfield; Robert Manware, of Fairfield; and Christa Cusano, of Fairfield.

Here are the other winners who won $10,000 or more playing CT Lottery games.

Daniel Pierre, of Stamford; $20,000 on a Bingo ticket sold at Track News and Variety in Stamford.

Juan Burgos, of New Haven; $18,125 on a Play 4 ticket sold at Spring Liquor in New Haven.

Mattie Ingram, of New Haven; $10,000 on a Jewels Galore ticket sold at Power Gas Food Mart in New Haven.

Elizabeth Rosas, of Danbury; $25,000 on a Cashword ticket sold at Stogey Cigarette and Tobacco in Danbury.

Shawn Bellamy, of West Haven; $10,000 on a 10X Cash ticket sold at S&S Mini Mart in West Haven.

Juan Sepulveda Cardona, of Norwalk; $10,000 on a Play 4 ticket sold at Alexa Grocery in Norwalk.

Anthony Sealy, of New Haven; $15,625 on a Play 4 ticket sold at Whitestone Mini Mart in Hamden.

Pierre Desruisseaux, of Bridgeport; $10,000 on a $100,000 Cashword ticket sold at Bridgeport Mini Mart.

Theodore Chowaniec, of Wallingford; $10,000 on a 10X Cash ticket sold at A&S Quik Pik in Meriden.

Nicholas Marchese, of Stratford; $30,000 on a 30X Cash ticket sold at S.A. Cigar Junction in Stratford.

Alexis Prince, of New Haven; $10,000 on a 30X Cash ticket sold at Shell Food Mart in Hamden.

Christopher Demartin, of North Haven; $10,008 sold at Harry’s Sport Grill in North Haven.

Dennis Fabian, of Norwalk; $100,000 on a Cash 5 ticket sold at Winners Norwalk in Norwalk.

Michele Esteves Debille, of Bridgeport; $10,000 on a 30X Cash ticket sold at Stop & Shop in Fairfield.

Danny Santos, of Fair Lawn, N.J.; $100,000 on a $100,000 Cashword ticket sold at In & Out Market in Wallingford.

Doreen Berry, of Clinton; $100,000 on a Cash 5 ticket sold at Adam’s Food Store in Deep River.

Jennifer Romano, of Bethel; $50,000 on a Jewels Galore ticket sold at Church Street Food in Torrington.

Abra Thompson, of Bridgeport; $27,777 on a Lucky ticket sold at PVC Gulf in Wilton.

Michele Degirolamo, of Stamford; $25,000 on a Keno ticket sold at Glennbrook News and Variety.

Javier Santoro Saldivar, of Fairfield; $30,000 on a 30X Cash ticket sold at Wheel’s in Wilton.

Michele Corsa, of Milford; $10,000 on a 30X Cash ticket sold at Krauszers Food Store in Milford.

Edilberto Torres, of Bridgeport; $40,000 on a Loteria Grande ticket sold at Fuel First in Ansonia.

Eileen Gillis, of Sherman; $10,000 on a 30X Cash ticket sold at J&R Business Services in Brookfield.

Juan Burgos, of New Haven; $20,000 on a Mega Money ticket sold at New Haven Union News.

Eryk Cavanaugh, of New Haven; $50,000 on a Jewels Galore ticket sold at City Star Mart in Guilford.

Donald Jewell, of East Haven; $10,000 on a 30X Cash ticket sold at Wheels in West Haven.

Louis Cicale, of Shelton; $50,000 on a Super Cashword ticket sold at Fas Mart in West Haven.

Tracey Diglio Nylen, of Derby; $10,000 on a 10X Cash ticket sold at Sa Mart and Deli in Ansonia.

Joann Dziuba, of East Haven; $10,000 on a $100,000 Cashword ticket sold at Sunoco A Plus Mini Mart in East Haven.

Bishnu Dangal, of Norwalk; $30,000 on a $3,000,000 Royale ticket sold at One Stop Variety in Norwalk.

Todd Josselyn, of Orange;$10,000 on a $1,000,000 Diamonds ticket sold at Ohm Grocery Mart in Orange.

Valerie Vitale, of Trumbull; $10,000 on a 10X Cash ticket sold at Monroe Food Mart in Monroe.

Elyse Tessler, of Westport; $10,000 on a 10X Cash ticket sold at Merrit Country Store in Westport.

Angel Cando Duchimaza, of Stamford; $50,000 on a Star ticket sold at Pvc Gulf in Wilton.

William Couse, of Hamden; $10,000 on a $5,000,000 Ultimate ticket sold at Global Montello Group in Trumbull.

Ammer Akach, of Bridgeport; $10,000 on a 20X Cash ticket sold at Checkers Food Store in Bridgeport.

John Roberts, of Chesire; $10,000 on a 10X Cash ticket sold at Cheshire Deli and Fresh Juice.

Jose Rivera Cuevas, of Wallingford; $10,000 on a Play 4 ticket sold Checker’s Food Store in Wallingford.

Luis Carrasquillo, of New Haven; $10,000 on a $5,000,000 Ultimate ticket sold at Quality Supermarket in New Haven.

Mary Ann Carlson, of Danbury; $10,000 on a $100,000 Cashword ticket sold at Stop & Shop in Norwalk.

Philip Shirley, of Norwalk; $20,000 on a 20X Cash ticket sold at Crossroads Card and Gift in Norwalk.

Jerry Migliozzi, of Cheshire; $10,000 on a 2-X Cash ticket sold at Mobil Food Mart in Cheshire.

Jackie Prince, of Orange; $10,000 on a 30X Cash ticket sold at Munim Enterprises in Orange.

Piotr Olewinski, of Stamford; $10,000 on a $5,000,000 Ultimate ticket sold at Belltown Superette in Stamford.

Joseph Benson, of East Haven; $13,020 on a Play 4 ticket sold at Absolute Liquors in North Branford.

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