A Connecticut salesman won $59.5 million, the largest prize ever in the Connecticut lottery, according to The New York Times. And how did The Times play the story? One paragraph on the sixth page of today's Metro section.
In 1967, when I was an intern reporter for the erstwhile Newhouse newspaper The Long Island Press (May it rest in peace), I covered the story of the biggest lottery winner ever, at the time. The story ran under a multi-column headline on Page One, above the fold -- with a picture of the smiling winner. And how big was the winner's prize? $50,000.