Connecticut man buys winning $10M lotto ticket on the day he dies

January 4, 2009

(ChattahBox) — On the day that Donald Peters died, bought two Connecticut Lottery tickets at a local 7-Eleven store on Nov. 1 as part of a 20-year tradition he shared with his wife Charlotte. He unknowingly provided financial security for his wife of 59 years and their family as later that day, the 79-year-old retired hat factory worker suffered a fatal heart attack while working in his yard in Danbury.
Donald Peters bought the tickets covering a 10 week stretch, so the winning ticket he bought Nov. 1 for the Dec. 2 drawing was among several that Charlotte Peters had put aside as she, their three children and two grandchildren coped with his sudden death. The widow almost discarded the winning ticket but recently checked the numbers, finding the $10 million winner which, in her grief over her husband’s death, she had put aside.

Charlotte Peters turned the winning ticket in Friday and now has 60 days to decide whether to take a $6 million pre-tax lump sum payment or stretch the winnings into 21 yearly payments of almost $477,300 each.  She does not yet know what she will do with the money.

The Peters children think their father would have appreciated the irony.

“He’d be very mad, he just passed away and she won a lot of money,” said Brian Peters, one of the couple’s three children. “He’d say, ‘Figures!'”


One Response to “Connecticut man buys winning $10M lotto ticket on the day he dies”

  1. Brandon on January 5th, 2009 5:02 am

    Isn’t it Ironic?

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