A Malden man and his wife were pleasantly surprised by their winnings when they came to cash in a scratch card at the Massachusetts State Lottery Headquarters, lottery officials said.
Jeremy Lockett thought he had won $50,000 when he came to collect his prize Tuesday, but was later informed he won $50,000 every year for life.
“They went nuts,” said Massachusetts State Lottery spokeswoman Beth Bresnahan.
Lockett and his wife Rabina immediately started dancing around the lobby, she said.
Lockett chose the cash option for his $20 “Lifetime Spectacular” ticket after seeking financial advice. Based on the prize’s guaranteed minimum 20-year payout, he will receive $650,000 after taxes.
Lockett bought the ticket at Stop N Gas Inc. on Washington Street in Dorchester. The store will receive a $10,000 commission on the sale, said Bresnahan.
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