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In System With Little Oversight, Connecticut's Biggest Lottery Winners Often Pay Huge Price

In System With Little Oversight, Connecticut's Biggest Lottery Winners Often Pay Huge Price

Michael Morant was supposed to be lucky for life.

On Memorial Day seven years ago, the North Haven man pulled into a Sunoco station in Milford, invested $2 on a Lucky-4-Life lottery ticket, and discovered that night he was a millionaire, winning a $2,000-a-week payout, guaranteed for at least 20 years.

But Morant's winnings didn't end there. In a two-month stretch last year, he hit big on scratch tickets six times, pocketing $130,000. In the past decade, he's had scores of other lucky days with the Connecticut lottery, winning more than $300,000 in addition to his Lucky-4-Life checks.

Today, however, Morant says his luck has run out. Over a year's time, he traded the...

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