Lotteries

Food City sells winning $4.79M lottery ticket; third big jackpot in town since 2012

TURNERS FALLS — Someone who shops at Food City is a newly minted millionaire. A winning $4.79 million lottery ticket was sold by the Avenue A supermarket, although the winner hadn’t stepped forward by press time Thursday. The winning numbers were 5-7-11-36-46-49 in Wednesday night’s Megabucks Doubler drawing, according to the Massachusetts Lottery Commission. On Thursday morning, the Lottery Commission’s media office said the winner has a full year to claim the winnings. The store manager was equally in the dark. Food City, at 250 0

Out of the ordinary

Michigan Lottery drawings have some people seeing double LANSING, Mich. — One day’s Michigan Lottery drawings had some people seeing double. The winning numbers for the Midday Daily 4 on Thursday afternoon and the Daily 4 numbers drawn that evening were the same: zero, two, two and nine. “It’s one of those things that hasn’t happened in recent memory,” Michigan Lottery spokesman Jeff Holyfield said. “Sometimes you have coincidences like that.” He said 540 winning tickets were sold for the midday drawing and 650 for 0

New Hampshire Lottery releases bacon-scented ticket

CONCORD, N.H. — Lottery ticket buyers in New Hampshire who dream of bringing home the bacon now can smell it, too. The state lottery has released its first scratch-n-sniff “I Heart Bacon” ticket this month, which features a $1,000 grand prize. Lottery Commission Executive Director Charlie McIntyre says players “will think it’s time for Saturday morning breakfast.” To promote the ticket, the New Hampshire Lottery will be driving a “bacon truck,” handing out free applewood smoked bacon samples and tickets at stores in Keene and 0

Spain hands out $3B in planet’s biggest lottery

MADRID — Spaniards and Latin American immigrants who bought lottery tickets in an upper middle class Madrid neighborhood hit the jackpot on Monday, cracking open bottles of champagne on the streets as they celebrated winning $490,000 payoffs from a $3 billion pot of cash divided among thousands of ticketholders. More than 100 of the top winning tickets were sold in the downtown neighborhood, though 20 were also purchased in the southern city of Cadiz and a handful were sold in other cities across the nation. 0

State/Regional Briefs

Democrat Coakley unveils higher education proposal BOSTON — Democratic candidate for governor Martha Coakley says she wants to make higher education more affordable. Coakley unveiled a plan Thursday aimed at students who want to attend community college and can’t cover the expense with traditional financial aid. Under Coakley’s plan, the state would cover the balance of the tuition. Coakley said Massachusetts should also join 34 other states and establish a $5,000 tax deduction for families who make contributions to Massachusetts’ 529 college saving plan. The 0

Millionaires to celebrate at home

GREENFIELD — Wednesday night, while Donald Hutchinson, watched TV, his wife, Helen, was in another room, checking her lottery numbers on the computer. She didn’t need to ask her husband what numbers he played — because he had been playing the same number combination for the last 10 years. “Donny, come here,” she suddenly called out. “You’re going to make me come there?” he complained. “I think you’re going to be happy,” she replied. On Friday morning in her sunny kitchen, with phone calls of 0

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 1

Mass. State Lottery winning tickets sold in Greenfield, Whately unclaimed and set to expire

Somewhere, maybe forgotten in the inside pocket of a rarely-worn suit coat or stuck between the pages of an old magazine, is a lot of money. Two significant lottery prizes from tickets sold in Franklin County remain unclaimed, with one set to expire next week and the other in September. Lisa McDonald, a spokeswoman for the State Lottery Commission, said Foster’s Super Market in Greenfield sold a second-tier winning ticket in the Lucky for Life game on Aug. 29, 2013, a one-time payout of $25,000. 0

Iran, Nigeria could face lottery to advance

RIO DE JANEIRO — After three games at the World Cup, it could come down to a lottery to decide which of two teams advances to the second round. Because of their previous results in Brazil, and the quirks of the FIFA tiebreaker system, there’s a possibility that Iran and Nigeria will face exactly that scenario after their last group games on Wednesday. If Iran beats Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0 and Nigeria loses 1-0 to Argentina, the teams would be tied with four points and exactly the 0

Mass. holds low-number license plate lottery

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles is holding its annual low-number license plate lottery. The Registry is accepting applications starting Friday. The deadline is August 11. Registrar Celia Blue notes that the lowest number available this year is 351, which is the number of cities and towns in the state. She says she’d like to see applicants from all 351 municipalities. A total of 160 plates are available. Some of the other plates up for grabs include 535, 7000, 8001, 4T, Q6, X8 0