$10,000 Lottery Prize is a Real “Heart-Pounder” for Ellington Winner
When the day’s weather forecast predicted hot weather, it wasn’t long before Bob Parlante, an oil burner technician who lives in Ellington, answered the call of thirst with a bottle of water purchased at Tolland Xtra Mart, located at 153 Hartford Road, Route 30, in Tolland. He also figured, “what the heck,” and also purchased a CT Lottery “10X Cash 4th Edition” instant ticket.
Before Parlante left the store, he scratched the ticket and revealed several “X” multiplier symbols next to a corresponding prize amount. “My heart was pounding like you wouldn’t believe. I couldn’t believe it was me that was winning so much,” Parlante said. When he totaled up his prizes, much to Parlante’s complete amazement, he had just won the game’s $10,000 top prize. “I let out the biggest yell, and gave the clerk a nice tip!” Parlante told Lottery officials with a chuckle.
Parlante, 60, immediately called his daughter to share his thrilling news. “She was even more excited than I was…she cried,” said Parlante.
Parlante traveled to CT Lottery headquarters in Rocky Hill to collect his prize check for $6,853 (value after taxes). “This is going to catch me right up. I’m going to pay off my bills and get my boat into the slip this year. I haven’t had it in the water for two years. Tonight, I’m taking my family out to dinner along the shoreline to celebrate,” Parlante said.
For selling Parlante his $10,000 top prize winning ticket, Tolland Xtra Mart will receive a $100 bonus check from the CT Lottery.