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THE COUPLE HIT THE STATE JACKPOT AND HEAD TO THE RACES FOR THE LOTTERY. >> 50 YEARS AGO THIS FAMILY RECEIVED A UNIQUE SURPRISE. >> THE FIRST THING I REALLY DID WAS TOLD MY WIFE. >> 1972 HE WINS THE FIRST MASSACHUSETTS STATE LOTTERY JACKPOT PRIZE. >>HE SAYS YOU HAVE TO SIT DOWN AND I THOUGHT HE MAYBE INJURED AND HE SAYS TO ME I JUST WON THE LOTTO. AND I WON $50,000. I COULDN’T BELIEVE THIS. >> SEVEN PEOPLE WON $50,000 AND THAT WAS ONLY A FRACTION OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE WON SINCE THE LOTTERY WAS CREATED IN 1972. THE CHAMBER OF STATE. >> IF YOU THINK ABOUT THE MASSACHUSETTS STATE LOTTERY, YOU DON’T KNOW THAT IT WAS AN INCREDIBLE IDEA THAT CAME TO CHAMBER BOB CRANE IN THE EARLY 70’S. THE IDEA WAS TO CREATE A LOTTERY WHICH, BECAUSE IT IS NOT RAFFIC, GOES DIRECTLY TO ALL 351 MUNICIPALITIES IN THE STATE. >> SO FAR THE PROPHETS COLLECT MORE THAN ONE BILL – $100 BILLION FOR PEOPLE AND PLACES. >> WE GIVED BACK US$30 BILLION TO ALL OF OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES WITH AB. >> I’VE PLAYED THE LOTTERY AND I’VE NEVER HAD LUCK AND IF I LOSE I THINK THAT MAYBE I’LL HELP FILL A PITCH HOLE. >> HOW MANY INCHES OF SNOW DO WE HAVE IN 2015, 110. THERE WAS NO MUNICIPALITY IN THE STATE THAT HAD SNOW AND ICE CLEARANCE BUDGETS THAT WOULD CARE ABOUT SUCH THING. WHAT COULD YOU COUNT ON? THE LOTTERY. >> YOU USE YOUR WIN TO ENJOY YOURSELF WITH SOME EXTRAS. >> I BOUGHT A VOLKSWAGEN AND I WENT DOWN TO SEE THE BOLTWAGEN AND HE SAID HOW YOU WANTED TO PAY WITH THIS BEAUTIFUL ATTACHMENT. >> THE FIRST THING I WANTED WAS A DRYER. >> AN INDEPENDENT CAMPER. WE TAKE THE WHOLE FAMILY, MY MOTHER, FATHER AND EVERYTHING WENT TO DISNEYLAND. WE ARE VERY HAPPY, VERY HAPPY. ANTHONY: AND THE FAMILY STILL HAVE THEIR WEEKLY SUNDAY STUFF AT HOME. SHAYNA: YOU SAID IT WAS SO EXCITING BUT YOU REALLY ENJOY THE SHIP – THE SIMPLE PLEASURES IN LIFE. THIS IS “CHRONICLE” FOR TONIGHT. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. ANTHONY: FROM OUR FAMILY HERE AT CHRONICLE AND OUR FAMILIES ALSO HAVE A WONDERFUL, HEALTHY AND PLEASANT THANK YOU. GOOD NIGHT. [CAPTIONING PERFORMED BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS CAPTION CONTENT AND ACCURACY. VISIT NCICAP.ORG]

The couple reflects on winning Massachusetts’ first lottery jackpot 50 years ago

That first jackpot was worth $50,000

50 years ago, the Cosentino family experienced a unique surprise. Donald Cosentino won the Massachusetts State Lottery’s first jackpot prize. The Mass State Lottery, now celebrating its 50th anniversary, has returned $30 billion in local aid to Massachusetts cities and communities since its inception in 1972. That first jackpot was worth $50,000 – equivalent to more than $360,000 today according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation calculator. “We were very lucky. Very, very, very lucky,” he told the Chronicle. Cosentino and his wife said they used the money to buy some extras for the family, including a trip to Disneyland, of course. To find out more about their jackpot story and how they spent the windfall, watch the Chronicle video above.

50 years ago, the Cosentino family experienced a unique surprise. Donald Cosentino won the Massachusetts State Lottery’s first jackpot prize.

The Mass State Lottery, now celebrating its 50th anniversary, has returned $30 billion to Massachusetts cities and communities in local aid since its inception in 1972.

That first jackpot was worth $50,000 — equivalent to more than $360,000 today, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation calculator.

“We were very lucky. Very, very, very lucky,” he told the Chronicle.

Cosentino and his wife said they used the money to buy some extras for the family, including a trip to Disneyland, of course. To find out more about their jackpot story and how they spent the windfall, watch the Chronicle video above.

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