Peter Mello of Brockton is Massachusetts's newest $1 million Powerball prize winner after matching the first five winning numbers in the multi-state game's drawing held Wednesday, August 19.
Mello was joined by his wife Kathleen at the Massachusetts State Lottery's Braintree headquarters on Thursday, August 20 to claim his $1 million prize (less taxes). The timing of their windfall was fortuitous, as the couple had recently saved money over several months so that they could take their two children to Disney World. The couple indicated that they intend to use their winnings to buy a new home and a new car.
Mello called his good fortune a blessing, having purchased his winning ticket following a visit to his sister's grave in remembrance of her birthday. The drawing took place that night and her birthday was the following day - the day he claimed his prize.
Mello bought his winning Quic Pic ticket at C & B Convenience, 500 Pleasant St. in Brockton. The store will receive a $10,000 bonus for its sale.
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