Lightning strikes twice as local man hits lotto again

Good thing his wife needed milk at the store.

Joe Lanoce won $25,000 playing the “$200,000 High Stakes Casino” game after a quick run to the store inspired him to play a scratch off game. And while the odds of winning the lottery just once are almost impossible, this was the second time for Mr. Lanoce, who, earlier in the summer, won $10,000 playing the “$1,000,000 Jackpot” game.

Mr. Lanoce bought both tickets at Courtesy Mobil Greenwich.

“I’ve been very lucky. I bought both winning tickets at the same place,” Mr. Lanoce said in a news release issued Friday by Connecticut Lottery. “This time, if it wasn’t for my wife I wouldn’t have been shopping there at all last night. She told me we needed to get milk.”

Mr. Lanoce arrived at Connecticut Lottery headquarters in Rocky Hill last week where he accepted a check for $17,081, his latest winning after taxes. Like the last lottery prize he won, he says the money will go toward his daughter’s college education.

For selling Lanoce his $25,000 prize winning ticket, Courtesy Mobil Greenwich will receive a $250 bonus from Connecticut Lottery.

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