Ware man almost misses out on $25,000 for life

Dennis Cote bought the ticket on September 26, 2013

Lucky for Life winner Dennis P. Cote of Ware poses with a ceremonial check at Massachusetts Lottery Headquarters in Braintree. Image Courtesy: Massachusetts State Lottery

WARE, Mass. (WWLP) – A man from Ware claimed a $25,000 a year for life prize just hours before his 2013 “Lucky for Life” winning ticket expired.

According to Christian Teja of the Massachusetts State Lottery, Dennis Cote of Ware went to the headquarters in Braintree on Thursday to claim the prize. Cote’s “Lucky for Life” ticket, which he purchased at the Circle K store in Whately, was drawn on September 26, 2013, which meant he had a year to claim the prize.

Cote found out he won a few months ago after checking a number on different tickets he bought. He says some financial planning and a busy schedule are the reasons why he waited to claim the prize.

Teja said Cote scored the multi-state game’s number two prize by matching the first five numbers in the drawing correctly. He chose his winning numbers (03-07-12-23-28) completely at random.

Cote received his winnings in a one-time cash payment of $390,000, not including taxes. He plans to use his winnings to assist with mortgage payments and invest, said Teja.

Also, the Circle K will receive a $5,000 bonus for selling the ticket to Cote.

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