WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WTNH) - A Windsor Locks man who stopped for a morning cup of Joe from his favorite 7-Eleven store, left the store $3 million richer.
Lottery officials said Bob Moticka has visited his favorite 7-Eleven store every morning for the past 27 years; to get a cup of coffee, chat with friends, and entertain himself playing some CT Lottery instant games.
On Friday, Moticka purchased a "$3,000,000 Riches" ticket for $30, which he soon realized had the winning number match for the game's $3,000,000 top prize.
"When I saw the prize was $3,000,000, I got goosebumps!" Moticka told lottery officials with a laugh. "I covered up the prize on the ticket and then asked my friend to look at it and tell me if the two numbers were a match. When he said they did, I pulled my thumb away and showed him what I won."
After taking a memorable "joy ride" to share his incredibly good news with his family, Moticka arrived at Lottery headquarters in Rocky Hill to officially validate his winning ticket.
The $3,000,000 Riches game gives top prize winners the choice between a 20-year annuity prize worth $3,000,000, or a cash lump sum value of $2,307,300. Opting for the cash lump sum, Moticka accepted a prize check for $1,575,895 after taxes.
"I've been a steel crane operator, putting up buildings, for 30 years…it's hard work," said Moticka. "Whether or not I decide to retire, I'm going to buy my dad's house, help my daughter and my family, and invest."