Man wins $30,000 in lottery because he forgot his glasses

(Photo Provided/Connecticut Lottery)

ROCKY HILL, Conn. (WTNH) — A man is $30,000 richer after winning a state lottery game, and he said it happened by accident.

According to the Connecticut State Lottery, Bob Sabo stopped into the Super Stop & Shop in Fairfield to by scratch-off lottery tickets.

The line at customer service was long, so Sabo decided to try a lottery vending machine for the first time.

“I meant to buy two $20 tickets, but I didn’t have my glasses on,” Sabo told lottery officials with a laugh. “Instead, I bought a ’30X Cash’ ticket for $30 by mistake, which left me with $10 to buy another ticket. When I got home and scratched the 30X ticket, I couldn’t believe it, we won $30,000.”

The grocery store will receive a $300 bonus for selling the winning ticket. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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