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N.H. man wins lottery jackpot twice in four years

Nov 8, 2009, 9:42 am

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New Hampshire LotteryNew Hampshire Lottery: N.H. man wins lottery jackpot twice in four yearsRating:

CONCORD, N.H. — Bob Jaracz always considered himself a lucky guy.

The Navy war veteran survived a jet fighter crash in Korea, was a POW who escaped his captors, and made it home to the U.S. to marry his true love and raise three boys.

Now Bob and Diane Jaracz should consider themselves really lucky. The Nashua couple are the first New Hampshire residents to win a lottery grand prize twice.

"Whenever I cash my tickets, they say, 'Here comes Mister Lucky,'" says Jaracz. He and his wife won Tri-State Megabucks in 2005 for $1.9 million, as well as hitting the jackpot on Tri-State Weekly Grand this past September for $1,040,000 million.

Jaracz said he learned about his first big win on Thanksgiving Day 2005 while his wife was preparing dinner. He heard on the news that someone who purchased their ticket from Captain's Corner Variety in Nashua hit the Tri-State Megabucks jackpot. After checking his numbers online, Jaracz says he broke the news to a house full of family and guests. "I came down the stairs and said, 'Guess what?' It was great Thanksgiving Day."

Bob Jaracz, a semiretired engineer, and his wife Diane, a retired New York City school teacher, used their winnings to pay off the mortgage, spruce up the house, and purchase a luxury car.

On Sept. 25, Jaracz was checking his numbers online when he learned lightning had struck twice. One of his Tri-State Weekly Grand tickets he purchased at the Hannaford supermarket on Coliseum Ave hit for another grand prize. "I said, 'Oh, no. Here we go again.'" At first, Diane did not believe him that they'd won the lottery twice.

"This is the first time we know of that a New Hampshire lottery winner has won a grand prize more than once," says Rick Wisler, executive director of the NH Lottery. "And the Jaracz's are wonderful couple. We couldn't be happier for them or their family."

Both winning tickets were purchased on games from the Tri-State Lottery, the multi-state lottery offered by New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. Each time, the Jaracz's had won on Easy Picks (numbers randomly chosen for them by the lottery terminal), and chose to receive their winnings in one lump sum instead of an annuitized payout.

Call it an embarrassment of riches, but Jaracz says they haven't told too many about the second prize winner. He says he's sensitive to the hard economic times his neighbors feel. The couple has put their winnings in a trust and now has professional investors to help manage their wealth. But Bob continues with his hobby of buying $40 in tickets each week, banking on yet another surprising win.

"I think three is a lucky number," he says.

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Litebets27's avatar - power
United States
Member #10465
January 14, 2005
6253 Posts

Congratulations for Mister Lucky.

This gives hope to those who have won in the past... to keep on playing. Thumbs Up

Feeling,  PRICELESS!!!Banana

Come on Jackpot!!!

    Raven62's avatar - binary
    New Jersey
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    June 28, 2005
    143753 Posts

    Quick Picks vs Self Picks

    Quick Picks=2
    Self Picks=0

    Congrats to the Winner!

    A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

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      MADDOG10's avatar - smoke
      Beautiful Florida
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      July 18, 2004
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      Not only is he lucky, but his head and his heart are in the right places.



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        Monkey Butt, USA
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        August 23, 2007
        1124 Posts

        I love reading stories like this. I hope they win again & again.


        Party  PartyParty



          dopey7719's avatar - Lottery-049.jpg
          Columbia, SC
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          January 14, 2009
          437 Posts

          He is such a good man!  May God continue to bless him and his family.  It's people like this that deserve to win.

            ThatScaryChick's avatar - giphy11resized
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            November 21, 2007
            6926 Posts

            Very lucky guy! Congrats to him. Yes Nod

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              HaveABall's avatar - rocket

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              March 18, 2009
              1391 Posts

              The news reports:  "Bob Jaracz always considered himself a lucky guy."

              What a wonderfully inspiring story from a repeat hero patriot.  Congratulations come to those who keep believing in themself  and taking action!!!

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                maringoman's avatar - images q=tbn:ANd9GcTbRxpKQmOfcCoUqF2FyqIOAwDo7rg9G-lfJLAALPGWJWwiz19eRw
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                April 14, 2006
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                I have tried NH games and have been unsuccesful so far. This man seems to know something that I dont, good for him.

                  rdgrnr's avatar - walt
                  Way back up in them dadgum hills, son!
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                  April 28, 2009
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                  Glad to see it happen to a vet. God bless him.







                  "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

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                    mylollipop's avatar - Trek STLOGO6.png

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                    October 21, 2005
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                    I feel another win coming!  YaHooooo! Thinking of...

                      mylollipop's avatar - Trek STLOGO6.png

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                      October 21, 2005
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                      Keep playing and keep winning.  Congratulations!  The earlier post was supposed to have this image.Sun Smiley.  How I got the clouds, I do not know!  LOL!  I am really happy for you.  I have seen that I will win three big ones.  Your story gives me hope.  Again, congratulations.  You have been blessed.Blue Angel

                        lottocalgal's avatar - Lottery-043.jpg
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                        December 23, 2007
                        587 Posts

                        congrats to the big winner and his family.   These are the times to win the big one (s)

                          wizeguy's avatar - animaniacs04

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                          May 10, 2005
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                          Congrats Bob Jaracz! And thanks for your service to our country (and to all veterans).