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Stoneham mom wins $10 million in new state lottery game

Staff reports

Debra A. Roberto, a Stoneham mother, won a $10 million grand prize – the largest instant prize in America – in the new Mega Cash game from the Massachusetts State Lottery.

Her grand prize ties the record for the largest instant grand prize ever awarded in the United States – and possibly the world. The Massachusetts State Lottery created the $10 million instant prize two years ago with the introduction of the Billion Dollar Blockbuster. Since then, the Massachusetts Lottery has awarded 14 instant prizes of $10 million and currently has 12 instant prizes of $10 million available for players.

“It’s rewarding to see our players win record prizes in our ground-breaking games,” Executive Director Mark Cavanagh said after presenting Roberto her first annuity check. “The Massachusetts State Lottery has once again raised the bar in instant tickets with our new Mega Cash game.”

Roberto, will receive 20 annual checks for $500,000. The enormity of her prize has not fully sunk in.

“I’m handling it OK so far,” said Roberto, noting the life-changing nature of the grand prize. “I’m planning one great Christmas, and I have my eye on a new car.”

She bought the lucky ticket at Fast Freddie's on Main Street in Wakefield. The store will receive a $50,000 commission on the sale.

Roberto, who owns a construction company with her husband, Donald, hopes to transfer ownership of the firm to her children and convince him to become only a consultant on the job site.

“Or at least stop going on roofs,” she said.