Florence man’s $30 scratch ticket worth $1 million

NORTHAMPTON — On Tuesday, Gregory Kilbride of Florence went to the Northampton Market to purchase a $30 World Class Millions lottery ticket.

He came back about 20 minutes later to tell everyone in the store, including owner Danny Patel, that he had won $1 million.

Patel was thrilled. He said Kilbride comes in almost every day to the market at 48 Old South St. to buy a ticket.

“He is a regular customer, that is why I am so happy,” said Patel. “It’s exciting because I have never sold the million dollar ticket, only the quarter million and $200,000 ticket. I have been looking for the million.”

Efforts to reach Kilbride for comment Tuesday were unsuccessful.

Patel said he earns a $10,000 commission for the sale of the winning ticket.

But the commission is not the only benefit he gains, Patel said. He believes a winning ticket sold at his store will result in a bump in business.

“I have been telling all of the customers that have been coming today that I sold the million dollar ticket,” Patel said, clearly excited with the news.

The World Class Millions ticket, a new feature released on April 22, is an “instant win” scratch ticket with a top prize of $15 million, which is the highest instant win prize in the history of the Massachusetts State Lottery.

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