Constance Carpenito just won $1 million by playing the Massachusetts Lottery.
A $1 million prize is rather small compared to other state-wide lotteries, but Carpenito’s win is special. That’s because she won $1 million at the same Stop & Shop in Stoneham, Massachusetts back in 1996.
“She plans on using her winnings to make this Christmas an especially good one for her family,” said the Massachusetts Lottery, which released a photo of Carpenito with her husband Ed toasting champagne in front of a stretch limousine.
Along with her $1 million winners, she also once won $20,000 at the same store.
Carpeting claimed her most recent win on a $20 instant game called $10,000,000 Diamond Millionaire.
To claim the win she bet $20 every week.
“There’s no reason to believe that this is anything other than a coincidence,” said Massachusetts Lottery spokesman Christian Teja. He said that the instant tickets are randomly sent to 7,500 retailers across the state.
“The Lottery does not know where the grand prize tickets are sent to,” he said. “There are numerous policies and procedures in place with all of our games to ensure that the security and integrity of these games are not compromised at any level.”
The odds of claiming her recent prize were 1 in 693,000, and 1 in 3,780,000 for the prize she won in the 1990s.
Her odds for winning both were 1 in 2.6 trillion.
She has chosen a one-time cash payment of $650,000 or $455,000 after taxes.