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Hanover plumber wins $1,000 a day for life in lottery

State Treasurer Steve Grossman (right) presented Bruce Campbell, Lucky for Life’s first top prize winner, with a ceremonial check for $1,000 a day for life.

Massachusetts State Lottery

State Treasurer Steve Grossman (right) presented Bruce Campbell, Lucky for Life’s first top prize winner, with a ceremonial check for $1,000 a day for life.

A 39-year-old Hanover plumber is the first winner of a Lucky for Life grand prize, which will award him $1,000 every day for the rest of his life, the Massachusetts Lottery said today.

Bruce Campbell said he would buy a Cadillac and a new Harley Davidson motorcycle -- and keep on working and invest the rest of his money, according to Lottery spokeswoman Beth Bresnahan.

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He has a long-term girlfriend, who went with him today to claim the winnings.

“He knows what he wants and we’re happy this prize can get him there,” said Bresnahan.

Campbell bought the $2 ticket, which matched all six numbers drawn plus the “lucky ball” number, at Myette’s Country Store in Hanover. The store received a $50,000 sales commission for selling the ticket.

The winning numbers were 1, 2, 6, 10, 19 and Lucky Ball 15. The chance of matching all six numbers, according to lottery officials, is about 1 in 14 million.

The drawing, the first of the newly introduced game, took place on March 15. Campbell told lottery officials that he waited until today to step forward because he needed time to meet with a financial planner, as well as his family.

Two $25,000 second prize tickets were also drawn. One was bought at Shaw’s Supermarket in Canton; the other was purchased at Patriot Pub in East Bridgewater.

Tickets are available in all six New England states.

If they don’t win the first or second prize, players can still win anything from the cost of their ticket to $2,000. The chance of winning a prize of some kind in the game is 1 in 6.6.

After 25 percent in federal taxes and 5 percent in state taxes are deducted, Campbell will receive $4,900 a week, though he can also decide to receive payments of $19,600 a month for the rest of his life. The prizes will be paid out for the rest of Campbell’s life or, at a minimum, for 20 years.

The game is the eighth drawing game offered by the state lottery, which also offers scratch tickets.

Lottery officials estimate that the Lucky for Life game will pull in $61 million in sales, with a net profit of $18 million, which will go back to cities and towns throughout the state as unrestricted government aid, according to Bresnahan.

Alli Knothe can be reached at
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