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Math Professor From Monroe Wins Powerball After Lecture On Lottery Odds

Math professor Nicholas Kapoor of Monroe wins $100,000 in Powerball.
Math professor Nicholas Kapoor of Monroe wins $100,000 in Powerball. Photo Credit: CT Lottery

MONROE, Conn. -- Math professor Nicholas Kapoor of Monroe kept his students interested in learning about probability and odds by using the chance of winning the Powerball as an example of the odds of winning.

“Somebody is going to win,” the professor told his class. Two days later, that “somebody,” turned out to be Kapoor with a winning $100,000 Powerball ticket.

“The professor side of me sticks to the numbers—but the winner in me says, ‘It’s luck,’” Kapoor told Lottery officials.

The winning Powerball numbers on Wednesday, Oct. 5, were -- 8 – 18 – 27 – 29 – 60. The Powerball number was 15 and the Power Play multiplier was 2. Kapoor’s Powerball “Quick Pick” ticket matched four of the five numbers drawn, plus the Powerball number. Because his Powerball ticket was Power Played for an extra $1 at the time of purchase, Kapoor’s $50,000 prize was automatically doubled to $100,000.

Kapoor went to www.ctlottery.org to check his numbers and couldn’t believe his eyes.

“I had to scan [the ticket] to confirm,” he said.

Kapoor said he doesn't have any plans yet for his prize winnings, and only chuckled when asked if he was going to change his lecture.

The winning ticket was sold at Huntington Center Gulf located on 20 Huntington St. in Shelton.

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