BOSTON - The winner of ain the Massachusetts Lottery isn't done trying her luck. "Billion Dollar Extravaganza" jackpot player Desiree Fortini-Craft returned last week to the West Roxbury store where she bought her winning ticket, and added more to her total.
Fortini-Craft took a selfie with the store owner and bought a few more of the $50 scratch tickets - theby the state. This time, she scratched a $500 winner.
"She's very happy, she's excited. She bought a couple tickets, she won again," Baker Street Market co-owner Kathy Dakoyannis told WBZ-TV's Kristina Rex. "She's a lucky lady."
What's her secret to lottery success? Dakoyannis says Fortini-Craft is a "pretty regular" customer who buys scratch tickets in pairs.
"She believes in two together," Dakoyannis said.
For her grand prize, Fortini-Craft chose to take the one-time payment of $16,250,000 before taxes. She told the Lottery that she and her fiance "want to enjoy life" and "they plan on having a really good Christmas in Aruba." She also will be using her winnings to pay off student loans for her three children and buy a new car.
Fortini-Craft's luck goes way back. She also won a $1 million prize on a Massachusetts scratch ticket in 2006.
All three $25 million prizes in the Billion Dollar Extravaganza game have now been scratched. The other two winners wereand and claimed by legal trusts. There are still seven $1 million winners and four $2 million prizes remaining.
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