Maine has another millionaire lottery winner.

Just one month after a retired obstetrician won $2 million in the Powerball game on a ticket he bought from a supermarket in Bath, a man from Vinalhaven won $1 million in the Maine State Lottery’s $40,000,000 Fortune instant game.

A news release issued Monday by the Maine State Lottery identified the latest winner as Daniel Desmond, a resident of Vinalhaven – an island community off the coast of Rockland in Penobscot Bay.

Desmond purchased his winning ticket at Fisherman’s Friend, a store on Vinalhaven. Desmond could not be reached for comment Monday evening.

“I’m so excited to hear that we had a big winner and it’s especially nice to hear that it’s one of our regular customers. He is such a nice man and I am so happy for him,” Angie Miller, an employee of Fisherman’s Friend, said in the news release.

The business received a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.


In May, Theodore Drake of Bath purchased a winning Powerball ticket from Brackett’s Market on Front Street in Bath. The owners of the market received $20,000 for selling the ticket.

The $40,000,000 Fortune instant game offers the highest payout in Maine’s lottery history, with more than $40 million in cash prizes that include a top prize of $2 million. The game also offers players four prizes of $1 million, and $11.5 million in prizes ranging from $50 to $500.

Angie Helton, a spokeswoman for the Maine State Lottery, said the state is planning to host an unusual live party Thursday night at the Augusta Civic Center where Fortune instant game players will be given the opportunity to win even more prizes.

People who qualified for the event through a second-chance drawing by registering their nonwinning game tickets will be eligible to win one of 40 top prices that include two $100,000 cash prizes, a new Jeep Wrangler, a Ford Mustang convertible or $40,000 in cash. The party will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will feature live music

Anyone with a nonwinning Fortune game ticket can show up at the civic center and be eligible to win a door prize ranging from two 55-inch ultra HD televisions, three iPad Air tablets, and two Bose Cinemate home theater sound systems.


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