It's not every day that a lottery player gets to experience the thrill of winning a scratch game's top prize, not once, but twice.
That's what happened when Jim Zygmont of Trumbull, purchased two "20X Cash 4th Edition" scratch tickets and won the game's top prize — twice on the same day, at the same location, and walked away with $40,000, said the Connecticut Lottery.
"I bought the first '20X' ticket over the counter at 4:56 pm and won $20,000. I almost fell backward. It was crazy," said Zygmont, who had the moment documented in a photo taken from the lottery retailer's security camera. "Not even five minutes later, the retailer pointed out the Lottery's new vending machine and said he should give it a try.
Zygmont figured why not, and turned around and purchased three more "20X Cash" tickets from the machine. When he scanned the second ticket, he was stunned to have won a second time.
I couldn't believe it, he said.
Zygmont, a computer consultant, said that "20X Cash" is his "lucky" scratch game.
"It's always a consistent winner for me, love to see the 'X'" said Zygmont, referring to the game's prize multiplier.
By revealing a "multiplier," the player instantly wins the prize for that row times the multiplier shown for that row, lottery officials said.
For selling Zygmont his two top prize winning tickets, Crossroads Card & Gift, at 280 Connecticut Ave., in Norwalk, will receive a $400 bonus.
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