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She dreamt of winning the lottery. Six months later, she bagged a jackpot of $25,000 a year for life

In Patricia Harris' case, her dream literally came true, and that too, within a couple of months.

She dreamt of winning the lottery. Six months later, she bagged a jackpot of $25,000 a year for life
Cover Image Source: X | @MAStateLottery

Don't we all have luxurious dreams where we live a life that looks straight out of a fairytale? But at the end of the day, only a few turn into a reality, and that too, after a lot of hard work. But for this woman who hails from Massachusetts, all it took was dreaming about winning a lottery and she ended up winning one shortly after.

Cover Image Source: X | @MAStateLottery
Image Source: X | @MAStateLottery

According to the Massachusetts State Lottery, Patricia Harris from Holliston bagged a jackpot of $25,000 a year for the rest of her life on a Quick Pic ticket for the multi-state "Lucky for Life" game that was organized on September 24, 2023. Harris had bought the winning lottery ticket from the Country Farm on Washington Street in Holliston and they will be receiving a $5,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. Harris collected her prize money on March 14, 2024, at the state lottery headquarters in Dorchester, per the lottery officials.


Harris revealed an interesting fact about her lottery win and it almost feels like a work of fiction but she had dreamt of winning a lottery six months before winning this grand prize. However, Harris decided to receive the one-time payment of $390,000 minus taxes instead of receiving $25,000 per year for the rest of her life. The lucky lady has some plans to invest the money and also do something nice for her family members. The lottery officials also revealed that another $25,000 a year for life prize was about to expire on May 17 after going unclaimed in Massachusetts for a year.

That winning ticket for the Lucky for Life lottery was purchased at J Convenience Store & Laundromat on North Main Street in Natick. The players of this particular lottery are required to match five numbers out of 48 to win $25,000 a year for life, according to the game’s website. The ones who match one Lucky Ball out of 18 numbers are entitled to win $7,000 a week for life — or $364,000 a year, before taxes. The odds of matching at least one ball is 1 in 7.8. Well, Harris might have collected her fortune but one man was almost losing his chance of claiming a $500k lottery win after he forgot about the lottery ticket in the store where he purchased it from.

Representative Image Source: Pexels | Waldemar
Representative Image Source: Pexels | Waldemar

The Iowa Lottery shared the story of Kevin Frey, who forgot his winning ticket in the store after hearing the news of his victory. The Iowa Lottery announced its winners and 64-year-old Frey claimed the 8th of 14 top prizes in the "$500,000 Cash" scratch game. Having bought his ticket from Casey's store in New Hampton, Iowa, the long-time pastor in the town didn't expect to win. So, once he found the whopping amount he was going to receive, the man was on cloud nine. Overwhelmed by his win, Frey left his winning ticket in the store and ran out to call his family to convey the news.

But luck was on Frey's side for the day. He spoke to CBS 2 IOWA and said, "I was so excited and flustered that I left the ticket inside of Casey's store and went out to the car and started calling everybody, calling my wife at first and everybody else." One of Frey's adult children randomly asked him to share a picture of the winning ticket. He instantly ran back to the Casey's store and inquired the clerk about his ticket. The clerk, who was as puzzled about the win as Frey was, had placed the ticket near the lottery terminal. The store clerk finally agreed to hand over it to Frey and save his day. 


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