Millbury, Mass. waits for lottery winner to come forward

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January 1, 2012, 10:11 pm
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(NECN: Melissa Toupin, Millbury, Mass.) - Goretti's Supermarket in Millbury, Mass. was busier than usual Sunday afternoon with customers checking to see if their numbers matched the $7 million winning ticket in the Massachusetts Lottery's $10 million raffle.

But for these customers, chances were better than most as the ticket was sold at the store.

“That’s awesome. I hope it's somebody that really needs it,” said Coleen Amyot.

“You don't usually see anybody local. It's usually somebody far away or the towns out in western Mass. You don't usually see anybody from central Mass., so I'm glad somebody from here won,” said Mike Baroni.

The winning number 0-4-0-9-6-9-0 was announced following the drawing New Year’s Day.

Glen Porter, acting manager at the family owned supermarket, says he doesn't recall ever selling a ticket with such a big payout.

“It's a lot of excitement for the town and we're glad it was here. We're glad it was one of our customers.” said Porter.

Now that people know where it was sold, there’s just one question on their mind.

But they might have to remain curious just a little bit longer.

State lottery officials say they won't know who the winner is until the owner comes forward to claim their prize. The earliest that could happen is Tuesday morning when the lottery office re-opens after the long holiday weekend.

In the meantime, many customers say they're learning the meaning behind the old saying you can't win if you don't play.

“I actually had set a reminder on my phone to play it and I forgot to play it," said Baroni. "I wish I did."

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