We've all heard the phrase "money isn't everything", or "money can't buy you happiness". While that is true, money certainly does makes things easier. I remember a time when I was penniless; it wasn't fun.

Well, another Pittsfield man has hit for a million bucks. William Porter Jr. won the million-dollar prize via the "100X The Cash" instant ticket game, according to masslottery.com.

If you remember back in June, Michael Rocca hit for a million after he purchased a winning ticket from Kirk's Variety on Tyler St. in Pittsfield.

Anyway, back to Porter Jr., he got lucky when he purchased his winning ticket from East St. Gulf in Pittsfield on Aug. 25. He chose the lump sum option of $650,000, rather than have a million divided up over 20 years.

Slater and Marjo were discussing on Thursday morning how a million is really not a million. I mean, winnings are winnings, but if you opt for the lump sum, you are not walking away with even close to a million.

$650,000 less federal tax (around 25%) = $162,500, less state tax (around 6.25%) = $40,625, so you will net $446,875! That's less than HALF OF THE PRIZE, bro.

Maybe that's why Porter Jr. has no big plan for his winnings? A modest plan he has...

Golf equipment. Professional clubs at sunset


When I first heard this story, I thought he meant like he was gonna buy a GOLF CLUB, like the course and pro-shop!

To each his own, I suppose.

Congrats to William Porter Jr. on his winnings!

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