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Couple Celebrating Anniversary Strikes ‘Gold’ with $500,000 Win

Two weeks ago, Frank and Margaret Vaccarelli of Waterbury celebrated their 45th anniversary; now they have even more reason to celebrate with a $500,000 “Gold Premium Play” win! “It’s amazing, I can’t believe it! [Gold Premium Play] is the only scratch game we play! I always said, ‘Maybe one day we’ll hit it,’” said Frank Vaccarelli.

Frank Vaccarelli has been the Head Custodian at a local elementary school for eleven years and has loved every moment of his job. However, Vaccarelli is very much looking forward to having more free time with his wife. “Now I can retire in July,” the lucky winner said with a smile.

“We’ll go on a couple vacations—maybe we’ll go to Disney and pay some bills,” Frank Vaccarelli said. After receiving their check, the lucky couple hugged and took a second to embrace.

“I’m just so happy for my family!” Vaccarelli said before kissing his wife. The lucky winner decided to take the top prize lump sum valued at $360,000.

For selling the winning ticket, City Gas & Grocery located on 1439 Baldwin Street in Waterbury will receive a $5,000 check from the CT Lottery.

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