A woman who works in Walpole was one number away from a share of the $587.5 million Powerball jackpot and came forward to claim her $1 million prize today.
Mary K. Gilmore's quick pick ticket was one of four tickets sold in Massachusetts that came just one number shy of hitting the multi-state game’s record-high jackpot.
The Rockland resident was the first of the winners to claim the Powerball second-tier prize for matching the first five numbers drawn (5-16-22-23-29) and received the prize in a one-time lump sum payment of about $700,000.
Gilmore, who works as a mortgage loan officer at Mortgage Master on Elm Street in Walpole, told Lottery officials she purchased two quick pick tickets for last night’s drawing, keeping one ticket for herself and giving the second to her new boss.
She purchased the tickets using money she won from scratch tickets given to her by her husband on Tuesday for their 24th wedding anniversary.
Gilmore plans to use the cash windfall to pay off the family’s mortgage and her children’s student loans.
She purchased the quick pick Powerball ticket for $2 at Tedeschi #153 located at 268 Union Street in Rockland. The store will receive a $10,000 commission on the sale.