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Pittsfield woman wins $1 million Lottery prize; selected in ‘Second Chance’ raffle

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Alison Galan of Pittsfield holds a replica ticket in the Ultimate Millions game. She won a $1 million prize in the game’s Second Chance drawing.

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PITTSFIELD – As far as consolation prizes go, this one is not bad.

The Massachusetts Lottery announced Thursday that a Pittsfield woman won a $1 million prize in a Second Chance drawing of the lottery’s “Ultimate Millions” game.

Alison Galan claimed her prize at the Lottery’s Braintree headquarters on Tuesday.

She is the fourth Western Massachusetts resident to claim a $1 million prize in a little more than the last two weeks. The other three winners are all from Springfield.

In Galan’s case, her winnings were not the top prize in the Ultimate Millions game. The $30 instant ticket has a single grand prize of $15 million.

But under the rules of the Ultimate Millions game, people with losing tickets may register their ticket in the Lottery’s website for entry into a Second Chance raffle.

This was how Galan won her prize.

She was selected from among 900,000 entrees on Aug. 24, according to the Lottery.

Galan claimed the first of five Second Chance top prizes in the game. Six other people won $100,000, 12 won $10,000, 116 won $1,000, and 1,200 people won $100.

Also because the winning ticket in this case was chosen in the Second Chance raffle, where she purchased her ticket is considered irrelevant and no agent bonus was awarded, according to the Lottery.

The $1 million prized offered $50,000 per year over 20 years. Galan, like many winners in such cases, opted for the one-time pay-off of $650,000. This works out to $455,000 after taxes.

According to the Lottery, Galan indicated she wishes to use the money as part of her lifelong dream to own a home.

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