SWANSEA, Mass. — The James Quick Mart on James Reynolds Road in Swansea, Massachusetts, must have a good luck charm stashed under its counter — for the third time in the past five years, it sold a $1 million lottery ticket to one of its customers.
Clerk Shiv Patel said he sold the ticket to a man who came back after scratching it to tell him of his good fortune.
"That night around 9 o'clock he just stopped by to say, 'I was the one who hit the million dollars and I got the ticket from here,' and I was like, 'That's nice,'" said Patel.
He said the winning customer purchased the ticket last week.
The $20 "40th Anniversary Millions" instant game ticket was a gift to Debra M. Joyce of Mansfield, according to the Massachusetts State Lottery website.
Joyce selected the cash option and received a one-time lump sum of $650,000 before taxes. She told the State Lottery she plans to save the money for her children's college fund.
Patel said the 40th anniversary scratch ticket is the most popular with his customers.
"Nobody leaves the store without playing that ticket," he said.
With three big winners at the store in recent years, a few regular customers keep trying their luck in hopes of being able to cash in.
"I keep buying tickets but I don't win anything," said Tony Costa.
The James Quick Mart will receive a $10,000 prize for selling the $1 million ticket.
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