260. A 39‐year‐old woman admitted that she had lied. She claimed that she bought the latest winning lottery ticket in Massachusetts, but then lost it. The ticket was worth $18 million after all deductions. Jean Fenn was charged with grand larceny. A conviction could put her in prison for up to seven years.

The real winner of the ticket, Kevin Hayes, 66, presented it a week ago to the liquor store where he had bought it. That store will receive one percent of the prize, or $180,000. The owner of the store, Mark Abrams, 56, was overjoyed. "Last year we had a storm that blew half of our roof off. It cost $25,000 to put a new roof on."

Hayes said he was reminded to check his numbers when he heard that a woman had lost her winning ticket. He and his wife had been camping in the mountains when the winning number was drawn.

"But I feel sorry for this woman," said Hayes. "She only did this out of desperation. In fact, I'm going to help her out financially whether she goes to prison or not. It's a shame that this wealthy country has so many poor people. Also, I'm going to donate a lot of this money to different charities. What do I need $18 million for?"

The checks to Hayes and Abrams should arrive within two weeks, according to a lottery spokesman. The spokesman mentioned that lottery players should remember that the odds of winning the lottery are only about one in forty million. Even so, most people think that someone has to win, and it might as well be them.

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Vocabulary: admit charity claim conviction* deduction desperation donate financially larceny liquor lottery mention million prison remind roof shame PLUS ago are be been blow but buy camp charge cost could country did do draw even fact forty goes going had half has his it Jean latest lie lose Mark might most not number odds only overjoyed owner people percent poor prize real should someone sorry store storm that them this ticket was wealthy well what when where whether will winner woman worth  *not used in newXword

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