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Massachusetts Lottery on track to set sales record for year

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Lottery is on track to set a record, with sales closing in on $5 billion for the 2015 fiscal year that ends Tuesday. Officials said the final sales figure for the year will likely be just shy of that figure. As of Saturday, the lottery had tallied $4.97 billion in sales, topping the $4.86 billion it took in during the 2014 fiscal year. Profits — which are sent to cities and towns in the form of local aid — are estimated 0

T-wolves win draft lottery, Lakers move to No. 2

NEW YORK — The Minnesota Timberwolves won the NBA draft lottery Tuesday night, the first time since 2004 the team with the worst record won the No. 1 pick. After years of bad luck in the lottery, things finally worked out for the Wolves, who can perhaps choose between big men Karl-Anthony Towns of Kentucky and Jahlil Okafor of national champion Duke to put next to Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins. “We’re in this for big stakes,” said Flip Saunders, the Wolves’ president and 0

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