East Providence father and son collect big lottery winnings

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CRANSTON — Three lucky Rhode Islanders, including two city residents, had some extra cash for the holiday season after picking up their recent Rhode Island Lottery winnings.

A father and son from East Providence waited months to cash in a $40,000 PowerBall® PowerPlay® ticket they had from the August 8 drawing.  They said they picked their numbers based on their family members’ birthdays.  Even after holding on to the winning ticket for a while, the pair to The Lot they’re still not sure what they’ll do with the money.

Colbea Enterprises, 457 Benefit St., Providence, sold the winning ticket, which matched four numbers and the PowerBall® number.  The standard payout for that win is $10,000, but they added the PowerPlay® feature to their wager, which increased the prize to $40,000.

A city business also sold a winning ticket in another of The Lot’s games.

The $25,000 winning Lucky for Life® ticket from the December 17 drawing was claimed by a couple from Plymouth, Mass., who purchased the ticket at Four Corners Food Mart, 327 Warren Ave., East Providence.

The couple told The Lot they won the prize just one day after they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.  Now they’re considering extending the celebration and going on a vacation.  The couple also plans to share some of the money with their three daughters and 8 grandchildren.  However, they said they waited to cash the ticket after Christmas so they wouldn’t be tempted to spend all of the money on presents.  The winning ticket matched five numbers, but not the Lucky Ball number.

A West Warwick man had luck playing Keno Plus last Friday at Breads N Stuff, 1669 Main St., West Warwick.  He played a $1 wager on a seven spot game and matched all seven numbers for a standard payout of $4,500.  He opted to double his wager and purchased Keno Plus, so the $4,500 prize was multiplied by three, that draw’s Keno Plus number, to equal $13,500.  He told The Lot he’s thinking about using the money to buy himself a new car.

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