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Bridgewater man buys 9 lottery tickets worth $900,000 — after 26 years of trying

Robert Lundstedt with his children, Kristen and Brian, as they picked up their lottery checks Wednesday morning.
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Robert Lundstedt with his children, Kristen and Brian, as they picked up their lottery checks Wednesday morning.

Robert Lundstedt was feeling lucky Monday morning. So lucky that the Bridgewater carpenter bought nine Mass Cash tickets from four different locations for that day’s drawing, all using his usual combination of numbers: 1-7-11-26-30.

And that feeling paid off.

As he checked the lottery results while buying paper towels the next day, Lundstedt, 56, discovered that he had bought nine $100,000 winning tickets, his wife of 29 years said.

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Virginia Lundstedt, 52, said he would usually only play the number twice in one day, but this time he told her, “I just had a hunch.”

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Virginia said her husband has been playing the same number for 26 years.

“That’s how old we were when he started playing that number,” she said. “When he started playing Mass Cash, I was 26 and he was 30.”

Her husband also just liked the numbers 1, 7, and 11, she said.

Before the drawing Monday night, Robert gave one of his nine tickets to his daughter Kristen, 24, and one to his son Brian, 21. The family of four visited the lottery’s headquarters together Wednesday to claim their prizes.

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Robert plans to use his $700,000 to pay off the mortgage on his home.

Kristen and Brian both said they will put their $100,000 prizes toward their college educations. Kristen will soon start her career as a preschool teacher after earning her master’s degree in special education from Endicott College. Brian will start his senior year at Bridgewater State University this fall.

“It’s crazy how he did this, and it came out amazing,” Virginia said. “We’re just very happy about it.”

Massachusetts State Lottery spokesman Christian Teja said the odds of winning the grand prize are 1 in 324,632. Because each Mass Cash ticket is only $1, he said, it isn’t uncommon for winners to have purchased more than one.

“Over the course of the year, there will be several occasions where the same winner will have multiple winning tickets for one drawing,” Teja said.

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Lundstedt purchased four of his winning tickets at Trucchi’s Supermarket at 53 East Center St. in West Bridgewater, two tickets at Quick Stop at 47 North Main St. in West Bridgewater, two more at The Corner Market at 227 Matfield St. in West Bridgewater, and one at Cumberland Farms at 33 Main St. in Bridgewater.

After learning that he had won, Lundstedt called his wife and told her to come home. When she arrived, he showed her one of the tickets.

“Oh, my God, Rob, you finally won!” she told him, she said.

“Nope,” he said. Then he plunked down his other winning tickets, one by one, she said.

“He kept throwing tickets in front of me and I’m, like, ‘Oh my God, are you freaking kidding me?’ It was crazy,” he said.

Sophia Eppolito can be reached at sophia.eppolito@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @SophiaEppolito.