Seymour Couple Claims $60M Powerball Jackpot

Noel Peel bought the winning ticket while waiting for breakfast at a deli

A Seymour couple came forward Tuesday to claim a $60 million Powerball jackpot.

Noel Peel bought the winning ticket for the June 23 drawing while waiting in line for a bacon, egg and cheese breakfast sandwich from John's Deli on Pearl Street in Seymour.

The ticket stayed in the console of his truck for days, until Peel decided to check it at the deli's lottery machine. It was then he learned his numbers, 1-3-41-44-53 and a Powerball of 30, were winners, but had no idea how much the ticket was worth.

"I didn't know what it meant, meaning 'am I just a winner in general?'" Peel said Tuesday. "Honestly, I walked out and thought it was just a glitch."

Peel and his wife, Fredda, took the ticket to Lottery headquarters where they learned they had won $60 million.

"We just couldn't believe it," Peel said.

The couple already has plans for the money, including paying for their children's education, and some for charity.

"We're going to fix our roof, so our neighbors know. I know it's bad. We're going to fix it and get my wife a new car," Peel said.

The Peels are the second Powerball winners from Seymour. Christopher Ewen won a $59.5 million Powerball jackpot in June 2005, according to Connecticut Lottery officials.

The owner of the deli that sold the winning ticket, Man Keung Wong, received a $100,000 bonus check from the CT Lottery.

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