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Man Wins Lottery Second Time in Same Store and More Lottery News

It’s one thing to win the lottery once—but imagine winning it twice… from the exact same store that you purchased your first winning ticket from? That’s exactly what happened to Thomas Perretta of Stamford, Connecticut.

Man Wins 30k Lottery from Same Store He Won 30K From Before

Four years ago, Thomas Perretta won $30,000 from a winning ticket sold at his local Cove Convenience store in Stamford—and now, he’s done it again, winning yet another $30,000.

“I bought this 30X ticket at the same store four years ago and I won,” said Perretta to the Connecticut lottery officials. Does he plan to buy a new cellular phone or truck? Nope! Instead, he wants to pay off some bills and have his kitchen remodeled.

“The first time the prize helped me pay some bills,” he said. “This time, it’s going towards a new kitchen remodel!” He says that the rest of the money “will go in the bank!”

Perretta purchased his most recent ticket on March 4, according to the lottery officials.

Related: SC Man Wins $250,000 After Vacuuming Change Out of His Car

Woburn Man Wins $1M in Massachusetts State Lottery

Matthew Rourke is yet another recent lottery winner, scoring the $1 million prize last week in the Massachusetts State Lottery.

He won through the “Fastest Road to $1 Million” instant ticket game that he purchased from a Stop & Shop in Malden.

Rourke decided to go with the cash option and received a lump payment of $650,000 after taxes. He told lottery officials that he plans to use his winnings to invest, and to pay down his debts.

The store that sold him the ticket will receive a $10,000 bonus.

Related: Lottery Winner Faces GIANT Tax Bill After Winning $768.4 Million Powerball

New Education Lottery Bill Filed, Has 70 Co-Sponsors

An education lottery bill was filed on Tuesday by Rep. Steve Clouse, R-Ozark with 70 co-sponsors. If passed, the bill will appear on a ballot as a constitutional amendment that people can vote on.

If approved, a paper-based lottery system will be created that can generate about $167 million each year, says Clouse. 50 percent of the proceeds would go toward the First Class Pre-K program, while the other half would go toward scholarships.

“It’s just time that we put this on the ballot again,” said Clouse.

“There’s going to be a high turnout in November and that’s when you want to do something like this,” Clouse explained. “When you have the most voters going to the polls and we can get a clear indication if they do want to go with it or they do not want to go with it.”

The bill would not allow video lottery terminals, but it won’t prohibit existing local laws that allow pari-mutuel wagering on dog or horse racing, and charity bingo.

Marion Prince

If Marion Price ever won the lottery, she’d accept the winnings anonymously, hire a lawyer right away, and live modestly on the interest payments from her lump-sum payment. Not that she has a plan or anything…

She finds the stories of lotto winners fascinating—especially those rags-to-riches-to-rags again stories of winners who had it all and then lost everything.

When she’s not researching tales of winners and losers for HowTheLuck, Marion enjoys horseback riding and hiking.

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