Mass. Man Wins $1 Million Scratch Lottery Prize…TWICE!

Is the store at which you buy your lottery tickets the key to winning big -- twice?

On Tuesday, David Czarnik of Easthampton, MA claimed a $1 million prize from the Massachusetts Lottery's $10 “50X The Cash” game. It was his second win -- he also won $1 million in October 2008 after buying a scratch card in an “$800 Million Spectacular” game, according the Massachusetts Lottery.

Czarnik purchased the winning “50X THE CASH” ticket at College Highway Variety located at 334 Main Street in Easthampton – the same store where he bought his first $1 million winning ticket. Since it opened, five scratch tickets have been sold that produced multimillion dollar winnings. The store even has a wall of fame showcasing multiple winner of $10,000 and smaller prizes in the hundred of dollar range.
Without looking I’m making an educated guess that this lottery agent is a very high volume outlet for lottery games. The more tickets a store sells, the more large winners it produces.

The Massachusetts Lottery pays out the $1 Million prize as $50,000 a year over 20 years. Czarnik selected the cash option on the prize and received a one-time lump sum payment of $650,000 (less taxes). According to Massachusetts Lottery, Czarnik beat odds of 1 in 1,680,000 this time around. The chances of winning twice? Much slimmer unless he spent all of his winnings from his first ticket on other lottery tickets.
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