Ware man claims lottery prize at last minute

BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has claimed a $390,000 state lottery prize just hours before it would have disappeared forever.

Dennis Cote of Ware showed up at lottery headquarters in Braintree on Thursday to claim his “Lucky for Life” prize of $25,000-per-year for life. He selected the one-time payout of $390,000.

The ticket was purchased Sept. 26, 2013. Under lottery rules, winners have one year to claim their prize. Cote told lottery officials he discovered that he had a winning ticket several months ago. But he wanted to do a little financial planning first and was just too busy to make the long trek from Ware to Braintree.

He plans to use his winnings on his mortgage and to invest. The ticket was bought at the Circle K store in Whately.

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