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Marine veteran wins weekly lottery payoff

A Marine Corps veteran who has been attending ­Quinsigamond Community College on the GI Bill just got a huge financial boost.

Ryan Bartholomew of Worcester won a Massachusetts State Lottery scratch ticket game that will pay him $2,500 a week for life, less taxes, lottery officials said in a statement.

Bartholomew claimed the prize on Friday in the $2,500 A Week For Life game, the ­lottery said.

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The $5 ticket was purchased at Holly Farms in Webster. ­Bartholomew’s grandfather gave it to him as a birthday present.

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His 26th birthday is Saturday, said lottery spokeswoman Beth Bresnahan.

Bartholomew was discharged from the Marine Corps in January 2012. He indicated that he plans to bank the money and save for the ­future, according to lottery ­officials.

The lottery also announced Friday that Stephen Whynot, a retiree from Newton, won a $1 million prize.