Deep-sea dreams come true: Fisherman reels in $1 million on JAWS ticket!

Deep-sea fisherman wins big in an instant-win game.

Deep-sea dreams come true: Fisherman reels in $1 million on JAWS ticket!
Michael Stephens holding his JAWS $1 million check. Photograph credit to the Massachusetts Lottery.

Michael Stephens of Dighton is celebrating a big win after becoming the second $1 million winner in the Massachusetts State Lottery's exciting new JAWS instant ticket game.

Stephens, a former deep-sea fisherman himself, chose to receive his prize as a one-time payment of $650,000 (before taxes). He plans to share his winnings with his family and embark on dream travels with his wife.

The lucky ticket was purchased at Olde Village Corner Store in Somerset, which earns a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

There's still more to bite into with this exciting game! Three more $1 million instant prizes are waiting to be claimed.

Second-chance jawsome adventure awaits!

Didn't win the big one instantly? Don't despair! Enter your non-winning JAWS tickets into the Second Chance Drawings for a shot at an unforgettable JAWS-themed trip for two to Martha's Vineyard in the summer of 2025!

Six lucky winners were already chosen for the first drawing, but there are four more drawings with a total of 24 additional trips up for grabs.

Here's what awaits the lucky 30 trip winners:

  • Luxurious 3-night stay for two at the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown
  • Convenient black car service to and from the port
  • Ferry transportation to and from the island, plus island transportation
  • Daily breakfast to fuel your adventures
  • Welcome toast/dinner with entertainment to kick off your trip
  • A delectable "Taste of the Vineyard" dinner
  • $1,000 spending cash to explore Martha's Vineyard
  • A JAWS branded gift to commemorate your trip
  • A guided JAWS Island Tour across the island
  • A private screening of the classic JAWS movie at the Harbor View Hotel
  • A thrilling "Shark Infested Waters" themed party
  • Massachusetts is the first state in the US to offer a JAWS instant ticket game. Grab yours at any Mass Lottery retailer across the state for $10!

Dive into instant wins with JAWS

This game celebrates the iconic 1975 Steven Spielberg film that terrified audiences worldwide. It offers a top prize of $1 million and lets you win up to 16 times.

Here's how to play:

  • Scratch off the six anchor symbols to reveal the winning numbers.
  • Scratch off the 15 life-saver symbols to reveal your numbers.
  • Match any of your numbers to the winning numbers to claim the corresponding prize amount.
  • Scratch off the bonus spot. Reveal a shark fin symbol for an automatic $100 win!
  • The prize range in this game is vast, offering $10, $15, $20, $50, $100, $200, $300, $500, $1,000, $10,000, and the top prize of $1 million (paid out as $50,000 per year for 20 years).

Giving back to the Bay State

Since its launch in 1972, the Massachusetts State Lottery has become a significant contributor to the state's economic well-being. Over $32 billion in net profit has been returned to the Commonwealth for unrestricted local aid. This means resources are provided to cities and towns across Massachusetts, supporting vital programs and services that benefit residents.


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