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Newlyweds win $15M Mass. Lottery scratch prize

Massachusetts LotteryMassachusetts Lottery: Newlyweds win $15M Mass. Lottery scratch prize

Two Cape Cod newlyweds got the wedding gift of a lifetime Saturday when they scratched their way into multimillionaire status on a winning Supreme Millions $30 ticket at a Tedeschi store in Eastham, Massachusetts.

David and Stacy Foster won $15 million — about $6.8 million after taxes — and have been hiding out at the home of Stacy's parents in Northampton, celebrating with family and letting their big win sink in. The couple, married May 1, sat down yesterday with Herald reporter Lindsay Kalter in the living room of their humble Orleans home to discuss their plans. David, 54, an electrical contractor, went first:

"I feel like I'm in a coma and I haven't come out of it yet. I would have settled for a million. Holy cow!

I've worked all my life and I like it. I'll keep my job. I took off Monday and I feel guilty because I've always worked.

I bought three tickets in Provincetown and three in Eastham, and won 40 bucks. I called (Stacy) and we had lunch in Eastham, and from there I said, 'Let's go get some scratch tickets.' So we bring them home, and right here, actually, this is where we scratched them off. Stacy scratched and she scratched, and boom. Of course she was crying. The only thing we've done so far is take my whole family out for dinner. There were 17 of us."

Some people who learned of their luck have warned the winnings will spell disaster for their new marriage — something David said he doesn't see happening:

"People (in online comments) are saying, 'You'll get divorced in a year. Hope you got a pre-nup.' I don't think so. We're never about the money. We love people. And that's pretty much the sum of it. We both really like to help people, too."

One of first things they did after winning, David said, was go to the store and give the clerk who sold him the ticket, 20-year-old Sherena Olinger, $1,000 in cash:

"I know the store gets 50 grand, but I wanted to give her a thousand bucks. I just like seeing people smile. She says, 'Can I help you?' and I said, 'No, can I help you?' And I put out the thousand dollars."

Stacy, 35, who said she works a handful of jobs as a bartender, spinning instructor and pet- and child-sitter, said the reality of the life-changing prize still hasn't sunk in:

"Saturday I just felt like I was going to throw up all day. I don't think my parents believed us. (David's) son thought he had been drinking. ... We'll probably get a house. We were saving for one anyway. We're in the process of talking to a financial adviser. It's hard to comprehend. I have student loans.

We're thinking about donating to something, but haven't really talked about it. We just want to figure out what we want to do. There's a couple things we would do. We were talking St. Jude (Children's Research Hospital) or something like that. I'd also like to do something because of the huge addiction problem. I was close to a situation. We're trying to think about what we'd be passionate about."

The store clerk, Olinger, recalled David's gracious visit to the store Monday:

"I was amazed. He put down the thousand dollars on the counter. And he said it was a lucky day today. I thought it was a joke, but then I realized he was serious. I said 'Oh my goodness, oh my God.' I choked up. It's amazing when people are generous. ... At that kind of job there are people who come in and treat you like a slave. And when people actually treat you like a human being, it's beautiful."

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Boston Herald

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Posted: June 25, 2015, 10:05 am - IP Logged

Wow truly a life changing win for this couple. Good luck to them, and it's good they're talking to a financial advisor. Would have been my first move as well though, I would have remained anonymousWink

    Jani Norman's avatar - fiftyways
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    Posted: June 25, 2015, 10:13 am - IP Logged

    Such a wonderful couple from the look of there picture, I truly hope this does not affect there marriage in any way,but we just never know what life has in store for them. But I do wish them all the best..

    "I am what I am by the grace of God."



      dallascowboyfan's avatar - tiana the-princess-and-the-frog.jpg
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      Posted: June 25, 2015, 10:20 am - IP Logged

      WOW!!!! Congratulations to the newlyweds Hurray!

      I Love Pink & Green 1908

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        Posted: June 25, 2015, 10:30 am - IP Logged

         Congrats Dave & Stacy. Image result for make it last

        People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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          Posted: June 25, 2015, 10:37 am - IP Logged

          Congratulations to the happy lucky couple.  I think they are going to make it, because they are trying to take things slow, instead of immediately going out and splurging on stuff they probably don't need.

            Technut's avatar - moon
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            Posted: June 25, 2015, 10:37 am - IP Logged

            Congratuations Dave & Stacy Foster on your scratch of a lifetime. Hope you have many blessed years together.

            Yesterday is History, Tomorrow is a Mystery, Today is a gift that's why it's called the PRESENT! (c8

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              Posted: June 25, 2015, 11:46 am - IP Logged

              This is a great win. That would never be me because  you gotta be in it to win it and $30  for the card is too much for me

              That money's gone fo ever

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                Happy California
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                Posted: June 25, 2015, 12:12 pm - IP Logged

                Congratulations to the Fosters !!!   Newlyweds !!!   

                 They splurged a little on a family dinner and got that out of their system.  Now they are going slow. 

                 The world and all those charities will still be there after you experience a Decision Free Zone.


                 I've been rich and I've been poor. Believe me, rich is better. 

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                  Posted: June 25, 2015, 12:30 pm - IP Logged

                  Wow...Great way to start off a marriage..Best of luck to you guys..

                    wizeguy's avatar - animaniacs04

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                    Posted: June 25, 2015, 12:31 pm - IP Logged

                    Congrats to the Foster family!

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                      Lavender Rocket

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                      Posted: June 25, 2015, 2:23 pm - IP Logged

                      She's 35 and he is 54?  a 19 year difference?  wow.  hopefully this win will cushion the age difference issues!

                      Best of luck to the newlyweds.

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                        Posted: June 25, 2015, 2:30 pm - IP Logged


                          Lynn-Lynn's avatar - yocco
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                          Posted: June 25, 2015, 2:45 pm - IP Logged

                          Congratulations to the both of you. And God blessed

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                            Posted: June 25, 2015, 5:04 pm - IP Logged

                            Thumbs UpI hope this money brings them great things in their life. What a way to start a life together. Congrats.

                            Seek and ye shall find -Matt. 7:7 ...Ask and ye shall receive -John 16:24 ...Give and it shall be given unto you -Luke 6:38 ...Be careful what you ask for!!! -Mypiemaster 1:1

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