Mass. Lottery marks 50 years of winners, losers and native support

Colin A. Younger

BOSTON — There have been 4,783,000 tickets offered for the primary drawing of The Sport, however solely seven had the profitable numbers — 302424. And amongst these seven winners, just one might say they had been the very first Massachusetts Lottery winner in historical past.

Fifty years in the past, on the morning of Thursday, April 6, 1972, the Massachusetts Lottery held its first-ever drawing at Faneuil Corridor in Boston. Later within the day, Donald Cosentino of Gardner, then a 37-year-old furnishings manufacturing facility foreman, grew to become the primary lottery winner in state historical past when he licensed his luck at Gardner Metropolis Corridor.

“We now have 5 kids and I purchased all of them bicycles,” Cosentino, who’s now 87 years previous and nonetheless lives together with his spouse, Aline, in the identical home that they lived in 50 years in the past, mentioned of his jackpot winnings. “We additionally purchased a camper in order that we might all go tenting collectively. We had been in a position to put the cash to good use.”

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