Winning the lottery was twice as nice for a Norwood man who this week hit the jackpot with two Lucky For Life tickets.
Kenneth J. Stokes was ecstatic when he found out his lottery ticket had the winning numbers. Then he realized, minutes later, that he had another Lucky for Life ticket with the same numbers.
Stokes received a call from a Massachusetts State Lottery representative Monday notifying him that his Lucky for Life season ticket had won him a prize of $25,000 a year for life, according to a statement by the lottery.
After the call, Stokes remembered that he had another season ticket that his family had bought him — which, as it turned out, had the same lucky numbers, which were based on several family birthdays.
Christian Teja, a lottery spokesman, said it was rare for people to win twice in one drawing.
“For a game like this, where there’s so many possible winning combinations . . . people rarely buy the same ticket with the same numbers,” Teja said.
“They have to be really confident that those numbers will come in.”
Stokes chose the cash option for his winnings, and collected a pair of checks for $390,000 each, Teja said.
According to the statement, Stokes plans to use his winnings to take his family on a vacation, pay for his son’s college tuition, and pay off his daughter’s remaining car payments.
Stokes was “excited, as most people are when they win a prize of this magnitude,” Teja said.Trisha Thadani can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @Trisha Thadani.