It is often said, inspiration comes in many forms. For Francisco Rios of Hartford, it was an early episode of a 1958 Western television series, Bronco that inspired him to play five particular numbers in the CT Lottery’s draw game, Cash5.
“(The episode) was about a guy who was buried in a glacier for 22 years, 2 months, 18 days, 12 hours and 28 minutes,” Francisco excitedly explained to Lottery officials. “I said, 22, 2, 18, 12 and 28. That’s five numbers—those are good numbers for Cash5!”
And so it began. For the last year and a half, Francisco consistently played Cash5 until Friday, July 27, his numbers were unbelievably drawn, right before his eyes. “I was watching the drawing on TV and saw the first numbers were 12, 18, 22, and thought yeah—I won $10! And then 22—I got $300! And the final number is 28, and I jumped out of the chair! I never thought I could hit five numbers!”
Francisco matched all five of the winning Cash5 drawn on July 27— 2 – 12 – 18 – 22 – 28. In total, 3,730 winning tickets were sold statewide, with prizes ranging in value from $2 to the $100,000 Francisco won.
Francisco and his family arrived at CT Lottery headquarters in Rocky Hill to collect his $100,000 prize. Still clearly elated over his good fortune — and his love of the TV show, Bronco, Francisco was also easily able to detail how he planned to put his prize to good use. “I need a better car, one that’s good in the snow. I’ll share a little bit with family; pay all the bills and save the rest for emergencies.”
The Roundup currently has over 5,700 subscriptions and a local social media following of over 95,000 readers across multiple social media sites, apps, pages, and groups.
The Roundup is also a proud member of WordPress. This affiliation offers readers more news from FOX 61 and CBS Connecticut on The Roundup.
Latest Stories From Roundup Partner : FOX 61
KATOWICE, Poland — After two weeks of discordant and emotional negotiations, the nations of the world agreed Saturday night on a set of rules meant to help curb global warming. But scientists and even the negotiators themselves know the so-called “Paris Rulebook” won’t be enough on its own to stop carbon pollution from reaching critical levels. Countries would have to do far more to curb fossil fuel use and deforestation to avoid the droughts, superstorms, deadly heat waves and coastal […]
HARTFORD — The capital city is rallying around gun violence prevention by supporting the Hartford police departments gun buyback program. The program, in its 10th year, is meant to take illegal guns off the streets to ensure that they don’t get into the wrong hands like children or people intending to commit crimes. “Not one more victim of senseless violence or gun in the wrong hands that will commit an act of violence,” said Hartford Police Lieutenant Paul Cicero, who […]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A mother accused of driving over her 8-year-old child in the parking lot of a Michigan school now faces charges. Tiffany Kosakowski was arraigned Friday afternoon on charges of second degree child abuse and reckless driving causing serious injury, according to WXMI. She was released on a $10,000 bond. Surveillance cameras recorded most of the incident, which happened Tuesday morning around 8:30 a.m. at Chandler Woods Charter School. Deputies said video showed the boy hanging onto the […]
GRAHAM, N.C. — An escape plot to blast a hole into the Alamance County Detention Center was thwarted when an inmate mailed the plans to the wrong person, according to the sheriff’s office. A woman received a letter from the Alamance County jail on Dec. 6. Thinking it was a letter to her, she opened it. Inside, she found a detailed drawing of the Alamance County Detention Center, instructions for making a bomb and a plan for explosives to be planted […]