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May 25, 2011

Methuen convenience store hot spot for lottery players

METHUEN — Route 110 Convenience is a lucky store for scratch-ticket players.

An Andover man, who didn't wish to be interviewed, bought a winning $1 million scratch ticket there last week. The Massachusetts State Lottery's website identified the man as Adrian Santiago.

Hasmukh Vora owns the store at 196 East St. He said this was the third winning $1 million ticket he has sold in the six or so years that he has been in business. He sold the other two in 2007.

Beth Bresnahan, marketing and communications director for the Massachusetts State Lottery, confirmed the store made the three sales.

"I feel excellent," Vora said.

He said he's glad to keep his customers happy, and he attracts more business when people win because he becomes known as a lucky vendor.

Vora said Santiago is a regular customer. Santiago used to live in Methuen and continued to patronize the shop after moving, Vora said.

"He was always telling me, 'I feel like your store is lucky,'" Vora said.

Santiago won on a $20 Lifetime Spectacular instant ticket. He opted to receive the cash option and received a one-time payment of $650,000 (the after-tax prize), according to the Lottery.

Vora's store will receive a $10,000 commission on the sale, the Lottery said.

Vora sold a $1 million winning $800 Million Spectacular ticket on Sept. 5, 2007, and a $1 million winning Billion Dollar Blockbuster ticket on Oct. 12, 2007.

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