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Harvard employee wins $10m in instant lottery game

A staff member at Harvard University became a multimillionaire last week after winning a jackpot in a Massachusetts State Lottery game.

Ana Rodriguez

Mass. State Lottery

Ana Rodriguez.

Ana Rodriguez is the second $10 million prize-winner in the past two weeks for the lottery's $10,000,000 Diamond Millionaire instant game, according to the lottery’s website.

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A Harvard spokesman said Rodriguez is a member of the university staff, but officials could not immediately confirm which department she works in.

A directory on the university’s website listed her as a “checker,” working for Harvard Dining Services at the Quincy House residential building on Winthrop Street.

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Rodriguez purchased the lucky ticket at the Dollar Variety in Everett, which will receive a $50,000 bonus for the sale of the ticket, the lottery said.

According to the lottery, Rodriguez could have received the money over 20 years, but instead opted to receive a one-time payment of $6.5 million. After taxes, she received $4.55 million in her bank account. She plans on using her winnings to purchase a new house, take a vacation, help her family, and invest, lottery officials said.

Trisha Thadani can be reached at trisha.thadani@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @TrishaThadani.
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