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Hearing the personal stories of lottery winners is always exciting. The Boston Globe reports that a worker at the prestigious Harvard University just won the state’s lottery. This employee of Harvard participated in the Massachusetts State Lottery’s jackpot game, where she won $10 million.
This is the second time a player has won the $10 million prize at the Massachusetts Lottery in the past couple of weeks. It is not common for two jackpot winnings at a state game to occur in such quick succession. Both players participated in the Diamond Millionaire game, where the grand prize is $10 million.
Harvard was reluctant to reveal too much information about the winner, Ana Rodriguez, for fear of people invading her privacy. They confirmed that she works for the university, but did not go into details about her position. Research from reporters revealed that she works as a counter checker at the dining services. She swipes student meal cards when they are entering or leaving the dining services at Harvard’s Quincy House.
The winning lottery ticket was bought by Ms. Rodriguez at a Dollar Variety Store. The store, located in Everett, will be getting a significant bonus from the state lottery for their part in this big win.
It is common practice for American lottery winners to get two options when they win. They are allowed to get a lesser amount of money in one go, or receive annual payments over a 15 or 20 year period. Ms. Rodriguez decided to get all of her money up front, which means she will be paid around $7 million.
The $7 million will be reduced by taxes, which should put her overall cash winnings at around $5 million. When asked about her lottery win, Ms. Rodriguez was said to be ecstatic. She has big plans for the money she just won. Her goal is to help out her family members, invest the money intelligently, and take a few well-deserved vacations.