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Massachusetts man wins $100,000 prize with a free lottery ticket

Oct 6, 2021, 5:21 pm

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Sometimes the best things in life are free

By Kate Northrop

DORCHESTER, Mass. — A Dorchester resident is $100,000 richer after he received a free promotional lottery ticket for the Massachusetts Lottery's Mass Cash draw game.

To Stevie Allen, winning $100,000 must feel even sweeter considering the ticket he won with was given to him for free.

On Monday, Allen visited the Norwood Shell gas station on Walpole Street in Norwood and purchased a $5 ticket for The Numbers Game, a twice-daily draw game that offers a $5,640 top prize for matching four numbers in exact order.

Lucky for him, the Lottery had just started a promotion that gives players a free $1 Quick Pick for the next Mass Cash drawing after spending $5 or more on a single ticket for The Numbers Game.

Allen's timing — and luck —  could not have been better. That same night, his free Quick Pick matched all the numbers in the Mon., Oct. 4 Mass Cash drawing, which were 5, 17, 20, 26 and 33.

He didn't hesitate to claim his top prize. The winner was at Lottery headquarters in Dorchester the very next day to take home his $100,000 winnings before taxes. By selling The Numbers Game ticket that produced the free winning promotional ticket, the Norwood Shell retailer received a $1,000 bonus from the Lottery.

The Lottery's promotion began on Mon., Oct. 4 and will run through Sun., Oct. 17.

Perhaps Allen's story might just be enough to convince fellow lottery players that it could be worth taking advantage of that next promotion.

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They Say the Best things in Life are Free! Congrats! Cheers

"We make a living by what you get, You make a LIFE by what you give!"

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    Party Congrats to the Winner! Party

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

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      Simpsonville
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      Nice win young man.   (My MBD expires soon...nothing for me...LOL)

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        Gallatin Tennesee
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        Well that certainly shatters the myth that somehow "free" tickets are a scam. This myth is prevalent in my state and to me has never made sense. When I worked at a lottery retailer I used to get people every week telling me to just keep the free ticket for our Tennessee Cash draw game. I kept them in a basket under the counter. On several occasions I gave them to my sister and her friends. They would all say the same thing when I gave them the ticket "if I win we will split it 50/50. As far as I know no one ever won anything major.

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          Congrats Stevie, Life is good , Enjoy.Party

           Let's go Brandon! ROFL

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            WOW that's a blessing. Congrats Steve. God is Good. 

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              Back in the day when Michigan ran promos like this several "free" tickets won at various times.  I am sure it has happened many times in other states.

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                Kentucky
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                Well that certainly shatters the myth that somehow "free" tickets are a scam. This myth is prevalent in my state and to me has never made sense. When I worked at a lottery retailer I used to get people every week telling me to just keep the free ticket for our Tennessee Cash draw game. I kept them in a basket under the counter. On several occasions I gave them to my sister and her friends. They would all say the same thing when I gave them the ticket "if I win we will split it 50/50. As far as I know no one ever won anything major.

                It's not exactly a free ticket because to get a "free ticket" players must spend $5 and purchase five tickets. But that doesn't change the fact the ticket he won on, the sixth ticket was clearly marked as "your free $1 Mass Cash ticket". 

                Some state lottery pick-5 (5/39 type games) give a free ticket as a prize for matching two numbers. Wonder if anyone won a jackpot with one of those free tickets?

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                  ma
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                  It's not exactly a free ticket because to get a "free ticket" players must spend $5 and purchase five tickets. But that doesn't change the fact the ticket he won on, the sixth ticket was clearly marked as "your free $1 Mass Cash ticket". 

                  Some state lottery pick-5 (5/39 type games) give a free ticket as a prize for matching two numbers. Wonder if anyone won a jackpot with one of those free tickets?

                  I believe it has to be 5.00 minimum on a single ticket which of course you can easily reach playing exact and any order first three last three and all four any and exact but it has to be with those four numbers not multiple tickets with different numbers. Then they throw you a quick pic for Mass Cash which has halfway decent odds of 325,000-1 with only a 35 number matrix. Compare that to other states.