Custodian Wins $500,000 Lottery Jackpot — His 2nd Big Prize in 2 Years

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A Maine dad is celebrating winning a $500,000 from a $20 scratch-off, but it isn’t the first time he has had luck with the state lottery.

Peter Alley won the half-million jackpot after he bought the ticket last month. The winnings came just 18 months after he nabbed $100,000 from a $5 scratch-off he purchased in December 2017.

Alley collected his latest prize this week, taking home a check for $355,000 after taxes. 

The Bar Harbor resident told Mount Desert Islander that he plans on buying a secondhand boat with his latest earnings and he will save the rest for retirement. 

He also said that he has no plans on leaving his job as the head custodian at Conners Emerson School, where he has worked for three decades. 

The odds of winning the maximum award of $500,000 are 137,143 to 1, according to the Maine State Lottery.  

Alley is no stranger to his community; in 2006, he was awarded $4,000 and a medal for saving an unconscious man from a burning truck after the vehicle collided with a tree and caught fire. 

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