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Mom finds late son's name on lottery ticket, wins $10,000

Dec 5, 2018, 9:38 am

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A Connecticut woman is $10,000 richer after winning on a lottery ticket that she said was a tribute to her late son.

Amy Johansson of Branford, Connecticut, said she decided to buy a couple of CT Lottery "$100,000 Cashword 9" scratch tickets on Tuesday.

She said she scratched off the "your letters" box of the ticket and four of the first 18 letters revealed the name "Eric," followed by the word, "love" within the game's puzzle board.

Johansson's son, Eric, passed away at the age of 24. She said seeing his name on the ticket was a sign of something good.

"At first, I thought I won $100 and I was pretty excited. Then I looked at the ticket again and saw a few more words," she said.

After she scanned the ticket in a lottery ticket checker, she learned she had won a prize far larger than her initial thought. She had won $10,000, the game's second highest prize.

Johansson said the prize is a tribute to her son.

"I feel especially blessed to be given the funds to continue to support 'Smile Anyway' in his memory," said Johansson.

She founded the non-profit organization based in Branford as a tribute to Eric.

"It's a nonprofit that is educating and raising awareness on the drug epidemic in our area," she said.

"All of the [prize] will be put to good use, to help provide a structured transitional facility for young adults, to make a difference, and to save lives," she added.

Amy says if she can save another mother from what she went through that would be the biggest jackpot of all.

"Our loved ones are always with us, watching over us," Johansson said. "I can't think of a better way, or a stronger sign of it, then that lottery ticket."

Branford Wine & Spirits in Branford will receive a $100 bonus from the CT lottery from selling the ticket, lottery officials said.

The odds of winning a $100,000 Cashword 9 prize are 1 in 3.21. Of the 21 top prizes worth $100,000, 18 remain to be claimed.

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A Connecticut woman is $10,000 richer after winning on a lottery ticket that she said was a tribute to her late son.

Amy Johansson of Branford, Connecticut, said she decided to buy a couple of CT Lottery "$100,000 Cashword 9" scratch tickets on Tuesday.

She said she scratched off the "your letters" box of the ticket and four of the first 18 letters revealed the name "Eric," followed by the word, "love" within the game's puzzle board.

Johansson's son, Eric, passed away at the age of 24. She said seeing his name on the ticket was a sign of something good.

"At first, I thought I won $100 and I was pretty excited. Then I looked at the ticket again and saw a few more words," she said.

After she scanned the ticket in a lottery ticket checker, she learned she had won a prize far larger than her initial thought. She had won $10,000, the game's second highest prize.

Johansson said the prize is a tribute to her son.

"I feel especially blessed to be given the funds to continue to support 'Smile Anyway' in his memory," said Johansson.

She founded the non-profit organization based in Branford as a tribute to Eric.

"It's a nonprofit that is educating and raising awareness on the drug epidemic in our area," she said.

"All of the [prize] will be put to good use, to help provide a structured transitional facility for young adults, to make a difference, and to save lives," she added.

Amy says if she can save another mother from what she went through that would be the biggest jackpot of all.

"Our loved ones are always with us, watching over us," Johansson said. "I can't think of a better way, or a stronger sign of it, then that lottery ticket."

Branford Wine & Spirits in Branford will receive a $100 bonus from the CT lottery from selling the ticket, lottery officials said.

The odds of winning a $100,000 Cashword 9 prize are 1 in 3.21. Of the 21 top prizes worth $100,000, 18 remain to be claimed.

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That is amazing...I believe things happen for a reason & it did for her!

It's great that she founded the non-profit organization as a tribute to her son & to help others!

https://youtu.be/UvM2Cmi-YR

George Micheal is singing in heaven now & the angels are cheering him on!

https://youtu.be/fDxzQJaA228

Aretha & George (two legends) meet in Heaven & still singing!

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    This "feel good" story is better than the one N.C. did where the woman went to the store to get a bar of Dove Soap and buys a scratch off , I guess to scratch while in the shower, and wins $100,000.

    Taking it one drawing at a time.

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      Happy and sad story.  Big hug for you, a wonderful lady.

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        Wonderful. On a side note: Louisiana has a hot hand at present, they had 2nd prize winners from that fair State in both the MM & PB jackpots within a span of days. Is this a sign?

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        People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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          The Message "Love Eric": Proof that their is Life After Death!

          A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

          Catch-22: A dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.

          Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges: When the republic is at its most corrupt the laws are most numerous.

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            Perhaps a smidge of divine intervention ??   Big Grin Angel        One never knows

            Integrity: There is just no substitute.

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              Perhaps a smidge of divine intervention ??   Big Grin Angel        One never knows

              Ultimate “ divine intervention “ CD is $10 mil. Whose gonna argue with that? 

               * Voice of Reason *   

               

              People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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                Kind of spooky in a beautiful way. WOW!!

                 "We are all in this together!" 

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                  Coincidences are great. They can really surprise you sometimes.

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                    Life, love, family Love

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                      A beautiful story for a beautiful lady. God Bless you Miss and also your son, RIP Eric Johanansson..

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                        This lady is a real care giver. Founding a non- profit organization as a tribute to her son. She wants to save another mother  from going through what she been through. This Blessing was meant for her. The nicest part of this story was her son name & love on her Cashword ticket. Good story.