Children's birthdays lead to big lotto win for Connecticut woman

By Ben Hooper  |  Aug. 25, 2017 at 1:15 PM
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Aug. 25 (UPI) -- A Connecticut woman said her children's birthdays turned out to be lucky for a second time when they earned her a $1 million lottery jackpot.

Johanna Moreno told Connecticut Lottery officials she bought a single Powerball ticket on a whim for Wednesday night's drawing, which had the second-largest jackpot in Powerball history, and she decided to use her children's birthdays.

"I really don't play that often and I only had a couple of dollars on me," Moreno said.

Moreno ended up winning $1 million when her kids' birthdays matched the first five numbers of the drawing, 6-7-16-23-26. She did not match the Powerball number, 4, giving her a second-tier $1 million prize instead of the $700 million grand prize.

She said the significant numbers meant she didn't even need to have her ticket with her to know she won.

"I [had to] go to the car, my ticket was in the car! I knew the numbers right away," Moreno said. "I jumped for joy! I put it in my purse and zipped it up but could barely sleep!"

"It's been difficult lately but now I plan to get a car, a house for the kids and go to school," she said. "I'm very thankful -- it's a blessing."

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