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Rhode Island man wins $250,000 in lottery; latest in Little Rhody lucky streak

A third lottery winner in Rhode Island since Feb. 11 was announced today by the Rhode Island Lottery.

The winnings on the Mega Millions ticket, which matched five numbers but not the Megaplier number, was the least of the three jackpots, cashing in at $250,000.

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It was bought at the Regency Mart at 3 Regency Plaza in Providence by John Levesque of Smithfield. Had he spent an extra $1 for the Megaplier, his winnings would have increased to $1 million, regardless of the number.

Levesque and his family told the Rhode Island Lottery that they plan to pay off some of their debt, and then give money to their children, grandchildren, and non-profits.

The chance of matching five numbers on a Mega Millions ticket is about 1 in 4 million.

On March 8, a person, who has not yet come forward, bought a Powerball ticket worth $60 million from a shop at Quickets at 285 George Washington Highway in Smithfield. The winning numbers were 12, 35, 45, 46, 47, and Powerball number 12. It was a $10 wager.

On March 7, Louise White, 81, of Newport, stepped forward to claim a $336.4 million prize that she won from a ticket bought in her hometown Stop & Shop on a trip to buy rainbow sherbet.

The odds of winning the Powerball game are about 1 in 175 million.

Alli Knothe can be reached at aknothe@globe.com.

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