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    Winchester family wins ArtsBoston prize for buying 250,000th ticket

    Eva Furlong of Winchester (second from right) attended “The Nutcracker” with daughters Maya and Nina and sister-in-law Donna.
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    Eva Furlong of Winchester (second from right) attended “The Nutcracker” with daughters Maya and Nina and sister-in-law Donna.

    More than a quarter of a million people have been able to enjoy the city’s array of holiday shows at a discounted price thanks to the Mayor’s Holiday Special, now in its 15th season.

    The special is produced by ArtsBoston in collaboration with the City of Boston, the City of Cambridge, and the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau.

    Eva Furlong of Winchester recently bought the 250,000th ticket. To celebrate the milestone, ArtsBoston invited Eva and her family onstage during Saturday’s matinee of the José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s performance of the holiday classic “The Nutcracker.”

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    The Furlong family won a special night out on the town, courtesy of ArtsBoston and Hilton Hotels, as well as a commemorative gift from the José Mateo Ballet Theatre and a photo session with costumed characters after the performance.

    Maddie Kilgannon

    Maddie Kilgannon can be reached at maddie.kilgannon@globe.com.