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Friday, October 19 Local

Redding man wins $1M in lottery after ice cream stop

A Redding man has claimed a $1 million Powerball jackpot from a ticket sold in Wilton.

Charles Dudley claimed the prize at CT Lottery headquarters in Rocky Hill on Wednesday.

Until then, the clock was ticking for the unclaimed $1,000,000 Powerball prize winning ticket for the May 2 drawing. Only 23 days remained before the ticket was due to expire, and the winner had yet to step forward.

"I had stopped for ice cream at the [Georgetown] Shell station that day," Dudley told Lottery officials. "While I was there, I got a Powerball Quick Pick, put it in my wallet, and then forgot about it."

Months later, Dudley was cleaning out his wallet and came across the Powerball ticket, stuck between a number of old receipts.

"I checked the winning numbers on the Lottery's website and couldn't believe it. I checked it over and over. The numbers were a match. It didn't feel real, though, until I checked the location of where the ticket was sold. It was where I bought my ticket."

The winning Powerball numbers drawn on May 2 were 5 - 14 - 31 - 40 - 50 and Powerball 6. Dudley's ticket matched the first five numbers drawn.

For selling the winning ticket, Georgetown Shell, located at 912 Danbury Road in Wilton, will receive a $2,500 bonus from the CT Lottery.

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