Admittedly, Richard Clauss, Jr. of East Haven was half-asleep while
watching the CT Lottery’s “Cash5” drawing on September 19. The part of
Clauss that was half-awake, however, heard the Lottery’s drawing
performer announce the winning numbers, which were very familiar to
him—they were special “family birthday” numbers that Clauss regularly
“I immediately ran out to the car to get my ticket and then came back inside to check the lottery’s website (ctlottery.org).
It was too soon after the drawing, so the winning numbers weren’t
posted to the site yet,” Clauss told Lottery officials. “So, I called
my ex-wife who tapes the drawings and asked her what the Cash5 numbers
were.” She confirmed that Clauss had matched all five of the winning
numbers drawn making for a spectacular $100,000 top prize win.
The Cash5 numbers on September 19, 2013 were 1 - 7 - 13 - 17 - 20. A
total of 4,194 winning tickets were sold statewide for that drawing.
Prize values ranged from $2 to $100,000 each.
“It was a night of restless sleep—I kept waking up wondering if winning
the $100,000 was just a dream,” said Clauss. “It still hasn’t sunk in
yet.” Clauss visited Lottery headquarters in Rocky Hill last Friday and
accepted a prize check for $68,300 (value after taxes). “Half of the
money I’ll invest and the rest will go to bills.”
Clauss purchased his $100,000 prize winning ticket at J&H Food Mart,
located at 272 Maple Avenue in North Haven. J&H Food Mart will
receive a $1,000 selling bonus from the CT Lottery for selling the
The overall chances of winning a prize in Cash5 are 1 in 72.1. The chance of winning the top prize is 1 in 324,632.
-- Information for this article supplied by the CT Lottery.