July 27, 2009

Man wins $1,001,000 from 2 scratch tickets

A Massachusetts man won $1,000 and $1 million dollars from two scratch-off lottery tickets on the same day.

Phillip Brunelle, 29, of Fall River, said he was so excited about winning $1,000 on a scratch-off ticket at a convenience store that he decided to return to the store later to buy another $5 Money Mania ticket, WCVB-TV, Boston, reported Monday.

I already won $1,000, so I don't know why I went back down. I guess I'm greedy, Brunelle said.

He said he used his lucky penny to uncover the $1 million prize on the second ticket, which the Massachusetts State Lottery said players have a 1 in 3 million chance of winning.

Brunelle, a photographer, said he plans to use his money to open new studios and help out his mother, who suffers from cerebral palsy.

I'm going to try to help her out, get her a new car or newer car, so she does not have to depend on everyone else to do everything for her, he said. Without her, I wouldn't be here.