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Connecticut couple celebrate 45th anniversary with lottery jackpot

By Ben Hooper
Connecticut couple celebrate 45th anniversary with lottery jackpot
A Connecticut couple said they have an extra reason to celebrate on their 45th wedding anniversary thanks to a $500,000 lottery jackpot. Photo courtesy of the Connecticut Lottery

Feb. 14 (UPI) -- A Connecticut couple celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary in style -- by winning a $500,000 lottery jackpot.

Waterbury couple Frank and Margaret Vaccarelli, who are celebrating 45 years of marriage, told Connecticut Lottery officials their celebration is all the merrier after scoring a $500,000 jackpot from a Gold Premium Play lottery ticket.

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"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.

Vaccarelli, who has worked as head custodian at an elementary school for the past 11 years, said the money will afford him some new opportunities.

"Now I can retire in July," he said.

The couple said the money will allow them to continue their anniversary celebration for some time.

"We'll go on a couple vacations -- maybe we'll go to Disney and pay some bills," Frank Vaccarelli said.

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