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April 15, 1999 | From Associated Press
In an instant, Maria Grasso went from baby-sitter for a millionaire to millionaire baby-sitter. The 54-year-old Chilean immigrant came forward Wednesday to claim the $197-million Big Game jackpot, the world's biggest lottery prize ever won by one person. She beat odds of 76 million-to-1. "I couldn't believe it," she said. "I haven't had time to think clearly." She decided to take the money in a lump sum of $104 million-- $70.2 million after taxes--instead of in 26 annual installments.
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NEWS
April 8, 1999 | From Associated Press
A single ticket purchased at Star Market near Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, beat 76-million-to-1 odds to win a $197-million Big Game jackpot, the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history. The identity of the winner or winners remained a mystery as of Wednesday night. "Someone's sitting in their lawyer's office right now, you can imagine that, or the accountant's office, probably their travel agent's office as well," said Treasurer Shannon O'Brien, who oversees the state lottery.
NEWS
April 8, 1999 | From Associated Press
A single ticket purchased at Star Market near Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, beat 76-million-to-1 odds to win a $197-million Big Game jackpot, the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history. The identity of the winner or winners remained a mystery as of Wednesday night. "Someone's sitting in their lawyer's office right now, you can imagine that, or the accountant's office, probably their travel agent's office as well," said Treasurer Shannon O'Brien, who oversees the state lottery.
NEWS
January 1, 1992 | Associated Press
Shirley Ann May won a Megabucks state lottery prize of nearly $3.5 million on the last day she and her husband had to pay about $11,000 in overdue mortgage payments to avoid losing their home. "We're looking at this as our Christmas miracle," she said Monday. "This is like Merry Christmas and Happy New Year all in one. Now we don't have to worry about losing the house." May, 39, works at a rehabilitation center for the mentally retarded. Her husband, Stephen, 46, is a railroad police captain.
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February 15, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Paraskeve Kantges played the same lottery numbers week after week for 20 years without winning big. The 72-year-old Cambridge woman's lengthy dry streak finally appeared to have ended Feb. 5, however, when she found her lucky numbers matched the $22-million jackpot. She then went to the corner store to pick up the $1 tickets with the numbers she had phoned in.
NEWS
April 15, 1999 | From Associated Press
In an instant, Maria Grasso went from baby-sitter for a millionaire to millionaire baby-sitter. The 54-year-old Chilean immigrant came forward Wednesday to claim the $197-million Big Game jackpot, the world's biggest lottery prize ever won by one person. She beat odds of 76 million-to-1. "I couldn't believe it," she said. "I haven't had time to think clearly." She decided to take the money in a lump sum of $104 million-- $70.2 million after taxes--instead of in 26 annual installments.
NEWS
August 19, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A 72-year-old woman and a convenience store owner who both claimed a $21-million lottery jackpot agreed to share the prize, ending a six-month dispute. As part of the agreement, neither Paraskeve Kantges nor Nick Havan, owner of Coolidge Provisions of Watertown, Mass., will reveal how the jackpot was split, said Laurence Johnson, Havan's attorney. Havan withdrew his claim for the ticket, and Kantges was named the winner.
NEWS
November 27, 1987 | Associated Press
A man awarded a $1.2-million lottery jackpot by a jury says he has only one plan so far for the money--he is not giving any to his children. "I'd rather give it to charity," said Ernest Dureault, 54, after a Superior Court jury ruled this week that his son had reneged on an agreement to turn over the winnings to him. The jury awarded Dureault the entire 1983 jackpot. Dureault said his seven children have not spoken to him in four years because of the dispute.
NEWS
August 19, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A 72-year-old woman and a convenience store owner who both claimed a $21-million lottery jackpot agreed to share the prize, ending a six-month dispute. As part of the agreement, neither Paraskeve Kantges nor Nick Havan, owner of Coolidge Provisions of Watertown, Mass., will reveal how the jackpot was split, said Laurence Johnson, Havan's attorney. Havan withdrew his claim for the ticket, and Kantges was named the winner.
NEWS
February 15, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Paraskeve Kantges played the same lottery numbers week after week for 20 years without winning big. The 72-year-old Cambridge woman's lengthy dry streak finally appeared to have ended Feb. 5, however, when she found her lucky numbers matched the $22-million jackpot. She then went to the corner store to pick up the $1 tickets with the numbers she had phoned in.
NEWS
January 1, 1992 | Associated Press
Shirley Ann May won a Megabucks state lottery prize of nearly $3.5 million on the last day she and her husband had to pay about $11,000 in overdue mortgage payments to avoid losing their home. "We're looking at this as our Christmas miracle," she said Monday. "This is like Merry Christmas and Happy New Year all in one. Now we don't have to worry about losing the house." May, 39, works at a rehabilitation center for the mentally retarded. Her husband, Stephen, 46, is a railroad police captain.
NEWS
November 27, 1987 | Associated Press
A man awarded a $1.2-million lottery jackpot by a jury says he has only one plan so far for the money--he is not giving any to his children. "I'd rather give it to charity," said Ernest Dureault, 54, after a Superior Court jury ruled this week that his son had reneged on an agreement to turn over the winnings to him. The jury awarded Dureault the entire 1983 jackpot. Dureault said his seven children have not spoken to him in four years because of the dispute.
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