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Lawrence man wins $1 million on scratch ticket

A Lawrence man is the latest state lottery player to hit it big, buying a $1 million winning scratch ticket from a Methuen convenience store.

Bruce Ahearn, 55, who won with a $5 Black Pearls ticket, said he planned to use the $455,000 lump sum he receives after taxes to buy a car, pay bills, and help out his family, said Massachusetts Lottery spokeswoman Beth Bresnahan.

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Wednesday marked the fifth time in five years someone had won a million dollars from Hasmuck Vora’s Route 110 Convenience store

Vora, 55, said he sold two million-dollar tickets in one month in 2007 at his store at 196 East St., along with two more winning tickets in 2011.

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“I thought he [Ahern] was kidding” about winning, Vora said.

Methuen, on the New Hampshire border, despite its relatively small size, ranks 10th in lottery sales in the state, with 133 prizes over $100,000 sold since August 1983, including a $42 million winner in 1997.

“Communities like Methuen have high sales due to heavy cross-border play from out-of-state customers who recognize that Massachusetts Lottery games pay out much higher,” said Bresnahan.

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Bresnahan said the distribution of winning tickets is completely random, which means that “retailers who sell more are more likely to produce a higher number of wins because it is proportionate to volume of tickets sold.”

Lauren Dezenski can be reached at lauren.dezenski@globe.com
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