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Maine woman seeking second lottery jackpot

Maine LotteryMaine Lottery: Maine woman seeking second lottery jackpot

Janet and Ernie DeCosta can finally get some sleep tonight.

"I plan on being up all night," Janet said Tuesday as she headed out to her traditional weekly bingo game on the eve of a live drawing that could net her $1 million this evening. "I'm a basket case."

More than a year ago, the 50-year-old Weeks Mills resident was on her way to a temporary job at MaineGeneral Medical Center when she scratched off a $10 state instant lottery ticket that handed her a $250,000 prize and a chance to win another $1 million.

"My mother passed away on Aug. 20, 1996, and that's the day, Aug. 20 (2004), I won the $250,000; so I felt my mother had something to do with it," she recalled.

She bought her winning ticket in the lottery's Million Dollar Bonus Spectacular Instant Ticket game at The Market and Deli in South China, lottery officials said. Other winning tickets were sold at a 7-Eleven in Gorham, Food Trend in Houlton and Tommy's Variety in Naples.

DeCosta was only the second of four $250,000 winners to qualify for the $1 million drawing, so she has had to wait more than a year before the last two qualifying tickets showed up.

The other winners are from Hodgdon, Gorham and Bradford, Mass., Maine State Lottery Director Dan Gwadosky said.

"It seems like it's been a year," she said. "I'm trying not to think about the money, because I'll be disappointed if I don't win."

DeCosta said she received a letter from state lottery officials setting the date of the million-dollar drawing for tonight at the Maine Mall in South Portland. The four-person drawing will be broadcast live at 6:15 p.m. during several Maine news programs.

"We invite everyone to come to The Maine Mall and join us in the celebration of this exciting event and watch the fun of a live million-dollar drawing," Gwadosky said.

DeCosta's first winnings enabled her to buy a new car, pay off her husband's pickup truck, give money to her two adult children and some other family members, and pay off college loans she and her husband took out for their children.

Her husband, Ernie DeCosta, said sleep has been hard to come by over the last year.

"This has been driving us crazy," he said. "These last couple weeks have been a little nerve-racking, and the nights have been getting real short. You wake up and it's on your mind. You'd wake up and try not to think about it, but it would jump right out at you.

"I'll be glad when it's over. I'll be real glad if we win the million dollars, but I'll be glad when it's over, either way," he said.

Janet DeCosta's earlier winnings helped her family. But DeCosta said she could do so much more if she comes home with the million-dollar prize.

The most she ever won before, she said, were two $1,000 purses from instant tickets.

"I'll never have a shot like this," she said.

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Posted: October 12, 2005, 10:30 am - IP Logged

"We invite everyone to come to The Maine Mall and join us in the celebration of this exciting event and watch the fun of a live million-dollar drawing," Gwadosky said.

Awful prospect, the thought of having to go to a mall, though I suppose if there's a shot at a million bucks most people would do it.  I don't blame her for feeling nervous and losing sleep about it, though.  I'd probably toss and turn, too, if I thought I was going to have to go to a mall.

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    Posted: October 12, 2005, 11:14 am - IP Logged

    Janet DeCosta's earlier winnings helped her family. But DeCosta said she could do so much more if she comes home with the million-dollar prize.

    Greed is such a wonderful thing. It brings a smile to every ones face. Even the person passing the collection plate will have a smile on his face; people do not like to give money to those with a frown.

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      Posted: October 12, 2005, 11:40 am - IP Logged

      I am surprised there was no talk about a four-way split. It seems like the most obvious strategy.

      A guaranteed $250,000 win compared to a 75% chance of coming home with nothing.

      Good luck,
      Jake

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        Posted: October 12, 2005, 11:53 am - IP Logged

        I am surprised there was no talk about a four-way split. It seems like the most obvious strategy.

        A guaranteed $250,000 win compared to a 75% chance of coming home with nothing.

        Good luck,
        Jake

        Jake,

        That's an excellent point.  I had posted a news story sometime in the past year about that exact strategy, in which 3 out of the 4 players agreed to split the winnings.  The person who did not agree did not win, and did not share in the prize.  The other three split the prize as agreed.

         

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          That seems like a good idea, but I'm sure they're all thinking how they want the full prize for themselves. lol.

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            Posted: October 12, 2005, 2:54 pm - IP Logged

            For a drawing such as that having a partnership with at least one other player would be a very good idea. It's not like an open game like PB or MM it's a closed drawing.

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              Posted: October 13, 2005, 4:08 am - IP Logged

              I am surprised there was no talk about a four-way split. It seems like the most obvious strategy.

              A guaranteed $250,000 win compared to a 75% chance of coming home with nothing.

              Good luck,
              Jake

              Jake,

              That's an excellent point.  I had posted a news story sometime in the past year about that exact strategy, in which 3 out of the 4 players agreed to split the winnings.  The person who did not agree did not win, and did not share in the prize.  The other three split the prize as agreed.

              It was here in MI, and it was 4 out of the 5 people in the drawing for $2 million at the International Freedom Festival. The last drawing they had for it was during Arts, Beats & Eats in September, and all 5 people split it. Good odds if you ask me... 1 in 1 for $400,000 vs. 1 in 5 for $2M. But you get a $5,000 appearance fee if you lose, so the people who don't win actually make out better than the person who does win if the pot is split 5 ways.

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                Posted: October 13, 2005, 9:28 pm - IP Logged

                I am from maine and have been selected in the texas hold em poker drawing {whenever that may be }i just wish they gave mire info on when where and good luck to the woman from weeks mills maine go maine