MARBLEHEAD, Mass. — The first $15 million grand prize in the Mass. State Lottery's $30 "World Class Millions" instant game has been claimed.
According to Christian Teja of the Mass. State Lottery, the BWE Nominee Trust of Marblehead claimed the money. The trust was represented by trustees Andrew G. Christensen and Stephen J. Farrar.
This is the largest instant "scratch and win" prize ever awarded in Mass. Lottery history. The trust chose the cash option and received a one-time payment of $9,750,000, less taxes.
Over seven million "World Class Millions" tickets have been sold statewide since the game's launch on April 22nd. Teja said the winning ticket was bought at Nicole's Mini Food Store in Salem. The store will get a $50,000 commission for selling the winning ticket. It is the highest retailer commission paid by the Mass. Lottery.
Teja also added that there are only three more $15 million prizes in the "World Class Millions" game. Eight of the game's 36 $1 million instant prizes have been claimed.
The $30 game also features the largest second chance drawing program ever offered by a U.S. lottery. The first drawing in June awarded one $1 million prize, ten $10,000 prizes, a hundred $1,000 prizes and a thousand $100 prizes.
There will be four more second chance drawings throughout the on-sale period of the "World Class Millions" ticket. Teja said the dates of the remaining drawings will be determined based on sales pace of the ticket.
Western Massachusetts players think this will boost sales. Teri Lee of Chicopee said, "It wouldn't entice me because I don't play, but I do think it would entice other players. Definitely encourage them to buy more tickets."
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