May 23, 2014
$10,000 Second Chance Winner Found through Facebook
The final second chance drawing for the "Ice Chest" Instant Ticket was on May 15 and resulted in one player winning $10,000 and another winning $500. After the drawing, Rhode Island Lottery staff immediately called and emailed the winners to notify them of their win. Winners' names were also posted on the website. None of these efforts proved successful in reaching the $10,000 winner. The Lottery then posted on its Facebook page the winner's name in hopes of someone seeing it and notifying the winner. Within hours of the post, the winner called the Lottery, breathless from excitement, to say he received some messages from friends directing him to call the Lottery. Less than an hour later, the winner, along with his family, arrived at the Lottery shaking with excitement to validate his win. As the check was being processed he repeated over and over to his young son, "This is for you."
The Johnston man purchased his ticket at Ambe Corp at 780 Hartford Ave., Johnston. When it wasn't an instant win, he entered it in the VIP Club's Rhody Replay for a second chance at cash prizes.