Mass. Man Wins $15 Million Lottery Jackpot Years After Winning $1 Million

By Jason Hall

August 9, 2021

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A Braintree man's incredible luck struck not once, but twice while playing a Massachusetts State Lottery game.

John Hammill won a $15 million prize in the 'Massachusetts Millionaires' Club' instant ticket game, the Massachusetts State Lottery announced in a news release shared on their official website.

Hammill had previously won a $1 million prize in the Massachusetts State Lottery's 'Set For Life' game in 2006. The recent winning ticket was sold at Adams Variety located at 22 Independence Avenue in Quincy, which will receive a $50,000 bonus for selling the ticket.

Hammill chose to take the cash option and will receive a one-time payment of $9,750,000 (before taxes).

This isn't the first time a local player won the Massachusetts State Lottery multiple times.

Stephen Toto purchased a $30 "The Fastest Road to $1 million" ticket during a stop at the A-1 Gulf, the Framingham Source reported in July.

Toto had previously won $1 million in the Massachusetts State Lottery's '$4,000,000 payout' game in December 2017.

In both cases, Toto opted for the cash option, which paid a lump sum estimated around $650,000 before taxes.

The Framingham Source reports Toto purchased the recent winning ticket at the A-1 Gulf in Framingham, located at 483 Concord Street, which is set to receive $20,000 for providing the purchase.

Toto said he didn't initially intend to buy the $30 ticket, but decided to at the last moment.

In May, Michael Rocca, of Pittsfield, won the $1 million prize in the Massachusetts State Lottery's "$4,000,000 Instant Jackpot" instant ticket, marking the second time he had won a $1 million jackpot playing two separate games in 21 years.

Rocca had previously won the "$1,000,000 Draw" instant ticket game's $1 million prize in May 2000, according to MassLottery.com.

Rocca's second victory came one year after he received his final payments from his first jackpot win. Lottery officials said Rocca opted to take the full prize amount in annual installments, which concluded on May 2020.

This time, however, Rocca chose to accept the lump sum option which includes a one-time payment of $650,000 (before taxes).

The jackpot winner purchased his ticket at the Kirk's Variety and Hobby Store located on Tyler Street in Pittsfield, which will receive a $10,000 bonus for its sale of the winning ticket.

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