Stopping off for a scratch ticket doesn't seem so silly after a $15 million winning ticket was sold in Fall River recently.

The Massachusetts State Lottery announced last week that the 7-Eleven at 1099 William S. Canning Boulevard in the city had sold a major winner in the Lottery’s $15,000,000 Money Maker instant ticket game.

And by major winner, I mean the actual jackpot ticket of $15 million.

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The ticket was claimed on July 21 by the Bonzo Family Revocable Trust 2022 of Cranston, Rhode Island. Trustee Steven Levesque Esq represented the trust and got to pick up their giant check from the Lottery for the one-time payout amount of $9.75 million (before taxes).

Using a trust to claim your lottery winnings is the Mass Lottery's loophole to staying anonymous when you win massive amounts of money.

Though Massachusetts is one of nine states that doesn't grant you anonymity automatically, winners can set up trusts and then claim the money through them, setting up any beneficiaries of the winnings out of the spotlight.

I'd much rather win my money quietly than announce it to the world and have people coming out of the woodwork to try and get some of my new cash.

However you want to claim it, though, there are still two $15 million jackpots left to win in the $15,000,000 Money Maker instant ticket game. The odds of winning is 1 in 6,048,000, so the Bonzo Family Revocable Trust 2022 certainly represents some lucky scratcher.

Still, they aren't the only local big-money scratch ticket winners in the area lately, so who's to say your next scratch ticket isn't a big winner, too?

And if all else fails, hey, maybe you discover a mathematical loophole that helps you win big, like this couple featured in a new movie. 

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