I can't think of a better way to kick off 2023 than with a million-dollar-winning scratch ticket.

It's what almost every gambler dreams about: hitting big and leaving the stresses of life in the rearview mirror.

Throughout Massachusetts, scratch ticket fans and Powerball players are winning some serious dough on the daily, especially here on the SouthCoast. The most recent Friday the 13th, a date that freaks out the superstitious, turned out to be a fortunate day in Dartmouth. At Cumberland Farms on Russell Mills Road, an undisclosed customer purchased a $5 "$1,000,000 Cash" scratch ticket that ended up being a $1 million winner. 

Talk about luck.

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If you've ever been curious about how often people win in Massachusetts, the Massachusetts State Lottery has a detailed site. Click "Tools" in the pull-down menu, then "Winners." Go ahead and filter by city, game, date range and, last but not least, prize amount.

You'll be shocked to find how often people win, making the odds feel as though they're more in your favor than you might think. I mean, isn't that the whole point of gambling? Hoping for the best?

From Swansea to Wareham and everywhere in between, we've compiled a list of the 25 times over the past 17 years (2006-2022) someone here on the SouthCoast scored themselves a payday of $1 million or more.

Who knows? You could be next.

25 Times SouthCoasters Won $1 Million or More in the Massachusetts Lottery

Since 2006, the Massachusetts State Lottery has kept a record of every winning ticket of $1 million or more. Here are 25 sold on the SouthCoast.

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