Greenfield man wins big
TURNERS FALLS — One dollar made a Greenfield man a millionaire Thursday.
Donald E. Hutchinson of Greenfield won Wednesday’s Megabucks Doubler $2.15 million jackpot drawing, claiming his winnings late Thursday afternoon as a lump-sum payout of $1,189,493.20 after state and federal taxes, Lottery Commission representative Lisa McDonald said.
McDonald said Hutchinson claimed the prize at the Braintree office near the end of the business day, with his wife, Helen.
“He intimated that he planned on retiring. He has a large family; he’s the father of eight. He’s currently still working,” McDonald said.
McDonald said Hutchinson said the six numbers he played, 5-11-20-26-27-29, were a random “quick pick” string from many years ago that he has continued to play.
The Cumberland Farms convenience store at 1 Montague City Road, Turners Falls, sold the winning ticket and the company received a $25,000 bonus on the sale.
The odds of winning the game were almost 14 million to 1, according to the lottery website. In contrast, the odds of being mauled by a bear during a visit to Yellowstone National Park are 2.1 million to 1, according to the National Park Service.
The win is the largest in Franklin County in some time. In September 2012, a Montague resident playing the same lottery game hit a $5.4 million jackpot.
The Hutchinsons were unavailable for comment Thursday, and Cumberland Farms did not return calls about the win.
In May, two Franklin County residents, Weldon Yarborough of Greenfield and Donna Boston of South Deerfield, won $100,000 prizes in the Mass Cash game.
Two winning tickets sold locally in the Lucky for Life game remain unredeemed. A $25,000 prize was set to expire Aug. 29 and McDonald said it seemed it had done so, although she was confirming with regional offices at which the smaller prize could have been claimed.
A $25,000-a-year-for-life prize expires at the end of the business day Sept. 25. The numbers for the unclaimed ticket, sold at the Circle-K Irving gas station in Whately, are 3-7-12-23-28-30.
Stores receive a bonus on winning tickets sold, whether or not the prize is claimed. McDonald said that bonus is usually 1 percent, with upper limits in some games including the Megabucks Doubler.
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