Winning ticket claimed by Tyngsboro man 2 days before expiration

A $100,000 jackpot-winning Mass Cash ticket sold at Dracut Town Variety was claimed just two days before the ticket expired.

TYNGSBORO — There were just two days left to claim the winning lottery ticket with a $100,000 payout.

According to the Massachusetts State Lottery, a winning Mass Cash Lottery ticket must be claimed within a year of its drawing date. The numbers for this bountiful ticket — purchased at Dracut Town Variety on Lakeview Avenue — were drawn on Feb. 26, 2019.

On Monday, with the clock ticking, 62-year-old Tyngsboro resident David Gebo walked into the Massachusetts State Lottery’s Woburn regional office with the winning ticket in hand.

Just in time.

From the front steps of his home on Monday night, Gebo didn’t go into the details as to why his claim came down to the wire.

“I’m happy to win it,” he said. “I wish it was more so I could help people out.”

Mass Cash — with a top prize of $100,0000 — is a daily drawing that pulls five numbers ranging from one to 35. Gebo said he plays it from time to time. The Tyngsboro resident acknowledges his win was mostly luck, but he added he had a “feel for the numbers.”

Despite this feeling, Gebo was still shocked when he found out he won. He had to review his winning ticket a few times to ensure he did in fact hit the jackpot.

“I said, ‘No,’ ” Gebo recalls. “‘I can’t believe it.’”

Oddly enough, the clock is ticking for the owner of another Mass Cash winning lottery ticket from the Feb. 26, 2019, drawing, according to the State Lottery press release.

The other unclaimed ticket was sold at Costa Sunoco Mini Mart, located at 397 Sawyer St., New Bedford.

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