David Borges of Chatham was struck by the Lightning Lotto jackpot on Nov. 16, winning nearly $250,000.
The top prize, which started at $125,000, had grown to $247,950.30 before it was won.
“I decided to play Lightning Lotto because it’s new,” Borges said in a media release.
The automotive industry worker told his wife about his big win right away.
“She thought I was lying,” he said.
Borges, 45, feels relieved to have won.
“This will help pay off some bills,” he said. “I am on cloud nine!”
The father of three plans to also buy a new car with his winnings.