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The new year brought good tidings for two people who won millions of dollars in a Massachusetts lottery game. If the winners resolved to improve their finances this year, they triumphed, and with 364 days to spare.

One ticket, sold at Goretti’s Supermarket in Millbury, is good for a $7 million payday, according to a statement released by the Massachusetts Lottery. The other major winning number was sold at Brennan’s Smoke Shop in Plymouth and will pay $1 million.

The identities of the winners will be unknown until they can claim their spoils as early as Tuesday, according to the statement. The payouts will be paid as lump sums.

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The winners played the “$10 Million Raffle” game, which was the Massachusetts Lottery’s “first traditional raffle-style offering,” according to the statement. Tickets were $20 and were sold from Oct. 30th to Dec. 31st.

Many more lucky folks won smaller sums. One thousand winners will haul in $1,000, and 20 people won $50,000, according to the statement.

The odds of winning were 1 in 504, or about 0.2 percent. On the other hand, the odds of getting struck by lightning in your lifetime are about 1 in 10,000, according to the National Weather Service.

In the last week of December, Massachusetts Lottery instant ticket sales were $73 million, the highest weekly sales figure in four years, according to the statement.


Christopher J. Girard can be reached at chrisjgirard@gmail.com.