Bruce Campbell, a plumber from Hanover, Mass., came forward on Tuesday as the winner of the Lucky for Life lottery, receiving $1,000 a day for the rest of his life.
Campbell, 39, received his first weekly prize of $7,000 for a minimum of 20 years. Should any grand prize winner die before 20 years of payments, the money would go to the winner’s estate.
Campbell, who is not married, emphasized during a press conference that the prize would not change his ways.
Campbell said he would continue working but will buy a Cadillac and a Harley Davidson motorcycle, according to Lottery spokeswoman Beth Bresnahan.
“He knows what he wants and we’re happy this prize can get him there,” Bresnahan told the Boston Globe.
After taxes, $350 deducted with Massachusetts’ 5 percent state tax and $1,750 in federal taxes, the weekly prize nets about $4,900.
A childhood friend of Campbell’s owns the store, Myette’s Country Store in Hanover, that sold the winning ticket. Campbell said he decided to play the game at the suggestion of his friend, who told him about the new game when he came into the store. The store is receiving a $50,000 commission.
When the store owner called to tell Campbell that he won, he said, “Oh my god, my entire body just started tingling- please don’t tell anybody.”
Lucky for Life tickets are $2 each and can be purchased at lottery retailers in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
The first lottery game to be played in all six New England states, Lucky for Life ticket sales began on March 11 and the first drawing was held on March 15. All six of Campbell’s numbers were drawn: 1-2-6-10-19, and Lucky Ball 15.