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Rockland man wins lottery, uses as excuse to avoid speeding ticket

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  February 27, 2014 05:31 PM

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A Rockland man not only won the lottery Thursday morning, but also used the winning ticket to help him avoid a speeding ticket in Hingham.

According to Hingham police Sergeant Steven Dearth, a man was driving on Sharp Street around 11 a.m. when he was pulled over for going 49 miles per hour in a 35-mile-per-hour zone.

“[The officer] stopped the car, and when he walked up to the car he could see the driver was shaking … at first he didn’t know what was the issue,” Dearth said.

The driver told the officer he had just won the lottery for $50,000, and was on his way to Braintree to cash the ticket, Dearth said.

The officer was skeptical, Dearth said, until the driver showed him the winning ticket.

Lottery officials couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday evening. WCVB reported that 22-year-old Scott Lowe from Rockland had won $50,000 on a $2 scratch he purchased in Hanover. He did go to Braintree and cashed the ticket, the TV station said.

Dearth said the officer never asked for the driver's license, but gave him a spoken warning and cautioned him about getting to Braintree safely.

“He said, ‘You've got to get there slow, otherwise you won’t be able to use your winnings’,” Dearth said.

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