A Norwalk man who used family birthdays for his lottery numbers had reason to celebrate last Thursday when he had a big win on a Connecticut Lotto Lucky for Life lottery ticket.
On the night of the draw Michael Samlidis was busy getting ready to go and work at his second job so he asked his wife to go online and check his numbers for him.
"When she gave me the piece of paper with the numbers she wrote down, my heart nearly jumped out of my chest!" Samlidis admitted to lottery officials.
He'd missed the Lucky Ball, but matched five of the winning numbers and won the game's second prize of $25,000 a year for life. "This prize will make life a little easier," he said.