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Man surprises wife with $1 million lottery win

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UPTON, Mass. — An Upton, Massachusetts, man who set aside a retirement nest egg to play the Massachusetts State Lottery won $1 million on a scratch ticket.  It was good fortune that he briefly kept from his wife, the lottery said.

For many years, Raymond Hazell put aside $10 to $15 from each paycheck to build a fund that he would use to play the lottery when he retired.

Hazell purchased the winning ticket in the "$4,000,000 Gold Bullion" game at Hopkinton Wine & Spirits.

After claiming his prize, Hazell's plan was to greet his wife, Elizabeth, with a dozen red roses and a bottle of champagne along with his grand prize-winning check.

Hazell said he would use his winnings to pay off the mortgage on his summer home and do home renovations.

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Posted: October 29, 2015, 2:28 pm - IP Logged

He must be psychic! He KNEW he would win in retirement and not before - Shifty 

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    Posted: October 29, 2015, 2:56 pm - IP Logged

    I wonder who scripts these stories when people win large lotteries, they all seem very Hollywood (made up)..lol.

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      Posted: October 29, 2015, 3:13 pm - IP Logged

      Congratulations to Hazell for winning!  1M$ scratcher is a nice prize for a retirement bonus!

      Here are my questions that I am left with:  So how much of his nest egg did he have to spend before he won... and did he continue and finish spending it all after the winning ticket, or just stop and be glad?

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        Posted: October 29, 2015, 4:52 pm - IP Logged

        Congratulations to Hazell for winning!  1M$ scratcher is a nice prize for a retirement bonus!

        Here are my questions that I am left with:  So how much of his nest egg did he have to spend before he won... and did he continue and finish spending it all after the winning ticket, or just stop and be glad?

        good question.  Watch him say'I just retired last week'

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          Posted: October 29, 2015, 9:50 pm - IP Logged

          An Upton, Massachusetts, man who set aside a retirement nest egg to play the Massachusetts State Lottery won $1 million on a scratch ticket.  It was good fortune that he briefly kept from his wife, the lottery said.

          For many years, Raymond Hazell put aside $10 to $15 from each paycheck to build a fund that he would use to play the lottery when he retired.

          Hazell purchased the winning ticket in the "$4,000,000 Gold Bullion" game at Hopkinton Wine & Spirits.

          After claiming his prize, Hazell's plan was to greet his wife, Elizabeth, with a dozen red roses and a bottle of champagne along with his grand prize-winning check.

          Hazell said he would use his winnings to pay off the mortgage on his summer home and do home renovations.

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          "For many years, Raymond Hazell put aside $10 to $15 from each paycheck to build a fund that he would use to play the lottery when he retired."

          So he basically spent $10 to $15 from each paycheck to buy lotto tickets? Obviously he's buying tickets and not waiting to play when he retires...?

          Interestingly, investing $15 a week for 30 years would yield close to $100K with the inflation-adjusted yield of stock market over the last 30 years or so.

          Can you imagine spending $100K on lottery tickets?

          If the chances of winning the jackpot are so slim, why play when the jackpot is so small? Your chances never change, but the potential payoff does.
          If a crystal ball showed you the future of the rest of your life, and in that future you will never win a jackpot, would you still play?

          2016: -48.28% (13 tickets) ||
          P&L % = Total Win($)/Total Wager($) - 1

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            Posted: October 30, 2015, 1:17 am - IP Logged

            And it goes a little something like this:

             

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              Posted: October 30, 2015, 7:24 am - IP Logged

              Just read this on Boston Herald website; his nickname is Mr. Lucky.  On a side note I grew up next town over (Holliston)...when is my turn coming when I visit home???  Congratulations on your big win.  Perhaps my season Mega Millions/Mega Bucks Doubler/Lucky for Life will come in and can venture onto Braintree, MA to cash in.  Two uplifting lottery stories in a row...life is good.

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                Posted: October 30, 2015, 7:33 am - IP Logged

                Nice little nest egg paid off, congrats to the lucky couple.

                Did you exchange a walk on part in the war ?

                For a lead role in a cage?

                 

                                                            From Pink Floyd's " Wish you were here"

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                  Posted: October 30, 2015, 8:44 am - IP Logged

                  I like his idea--a lottery savings account--and it paid off for him!  Congratulations Smile

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                    Posted: October 30, 2015, 9:27 am - IP Logged

                    Ur never to old to become a millionaire.N it 2 win it.


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                      Posted: October 30, 2015, 10:43 am - IP Logged

                      lucky for him but don't understand his logic of saving money over the years to play the lottery after he retired. i would think playing it all along (every week or day) before he gets too old to enjoy it would have made more sense. it worked for him but unless he takes the lump sum he only gets 34,000 a year. sure hope he took the lump sum at his advanced age.


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                        Posted: October 30, 2015, 10:54 am - IP Logged

                        I like his idea--a lottery savings account--and it paid off for him!  Congratulations Smile

                        idea was illogical, but it worked for him.

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                          Posted: November 3, 2015, 12:02 am - IP Logged

                          WELL AT LEAST HE KEPT IT AWAY FROM HIS WIFE FOR A GOOD REASON.  I HATE TO SEE THE STORIES OF PEOPLE HIDING WINS OR THE GREED THAT OFTEN FOLLOWS.

                          HE HAS A SUMMER HOME, SO HE WAS PROBABLY OK BEFORE THE WIN, BUT NOW HE CAN PROBABLY DO A FEW THINGS HE HADNT PLANNED ON IN RETIREMENT.

                          GOOD FOR HIM AND THE MRS.

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