Norwalk Man Celebrates New Year With $1 Million Super Draw Jackpot

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A Norwalk man claimed his $1 million prize from a New Year's Day drawing by the CT Lottery recently.
A Norwalk man claimed his $1 million prize from a New Year's Day drawing by the CT Lottery recently. Photo Credit: Connecticut Lottery

NORWALK, Conn. -- It took nearly two months, but a Norwalk man stepped forward to claim his $1 million prize from the New Year’s $1,000,000 Super Draw lottery drawing held Jan. 1, the Connecticut Lottery announced.

It took John Custer a few weeks to even check to see whether his ticket was a winner. 

“A couple weeks after the drawing, I saw something on the computer that prompted me to check my Super Draw ticket,” Custer said in a statement. “I got my ticket and checked it against the winning number shown on the computer, and did a double-take.”

It took Custer even longer to tell his wife, Regina, about the windfall. Custer said he wanted to be absolutely sure the ticket was real before giving her the news. He came forward to claim his winnings on Thursday, Feb. 27. 

Custer bought the ticket at Stew Leonard's at 100 Westport Ave. in Norwalk. The location will receive a $10,000 bonus check from the CT Lottery for selling the ticket.

In addition to the $1 million top prize winning ticket number, 1,310 winning Super Draw ticket numbers were also randomly selected, including 10 tickets worth $20,000 each, 50 tickets worth $1,000 each and 1,250 tickets worth $100 each. 

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Could not have happen to a nicer, more deserving person. Congrats to John and his family!

Congratulations!!!