Torrington man wins $200,000 after buying 2nd lottery ticket due to forgetfulness


A Torrington man is thanking his lucky stars that he was forgetful while playing the lottery.

The CT Lottery announced that last Friday, John Smedick, Jr. bought a lottery ticket but forgot about the purchase and went out to buy another one.

The next morning, John’s daughter realized he had two winning tickets for the June 29 drawing, as he plays the same numbers each time.

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“It turns out I played it, forgot I played it, and played it again,” said John, laughing at himself. “My daughter went to ( and saw there were two $100,000 winning Cash5 tickets. Both of them were mine – I won $200,000. It was the best mistake I ever made.”

The tickets were purchased at two different locations in Torrington. Each retailer will receive $1,000 for selling the winning tickets.

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