Man wins lottery prize by picking Red Sox jersey numbers

Man wins lottery prize by picking Red Sox jersey numbers

Red Sox jersey numbers win great-grandfather $100000 in lottery

Why do we play the lottery? The odds are so stacked against you, on any given drawing, that youd be significantly more likely to be struck by lightning (or any other number of outlandish scenarios) than win a big Powerball jackpot.

84-year-old Jim Aylward Jr., though, didnt bother with the statistics. Basking in the glow of his Red Sox winning their fourth World Series title in 15 years just last week, he filled out a recent Mass Cash lottery ticket with five Boston players jersey numbers.

It’s time to do this all again. A few days ago, I ran an annual polling project, asking how you felt about the season that was, on a team-by-team basis. It might seem like a silly question, or it might seem like the results would be obvious, but tradition is tradition, and I always get a kick out of the data analysis. This is the data-analysis post. I suppose I’m under no obligation to share the results with the voting public, and I could just keep all the numbers to myself, but then I don’t know what the point of any of this would be. I already struggle enough to understand what the point of any of this is. Don’t need to make the problem worse.

According to the Massachusetts state lottery, Mr. Aylward — a great-grandfather who has five children, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren — specifically picked the jerseys of Rafael Devers, Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr., Rick Porcello and Steve Pearce for this drawing, and sure enough, the winning numbers were 11-16-19-22-25. 

To refresh your memories, that polling project included 30 polls, with one for each club. Here is an example of what the polls looked like:

“When the team started to get really good, those were my favorite players,” Aylward told the Boston Globe. “Ive been playing those numbers for quite a while.”

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And it paid off, just shortly after the team (aided heavily by the efforts of those specific players, we must point out) won the World Series again. 

Dave Dombrowski is looking forward to defending a World Series title without also starting from scratch. (Chad Jennings; The Athletic) ($$)

How You Felt About the 2018 Season

After making the rounds to the Celtics-Bucks game at TD Garden and the Patriots-Packers contest at Gillette Stadium, the Red Sox 2018 World Series trophy appeared at another beloved Boston destination last week.

Part of that defending part will include whats going on in the minor leagues. (Alex Speier; Boston Globe)

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On Saturday, chairman Tom Werner and team president and CEO Sam Kennedy visited Santarpios Pizza in East Boston for a bite to eat on their way home from Logan Airport — with the Commissioners Trophy in tow. The duo had just returned from a day trip to Puerto Rico, where they celebrated their title with residents of Caguas, manager Alex Coras hometown.

Michael Gobbi, who waited on Werner and Kennedy, said the pair was joined by six others, though none were players. Per Gobbi, the group enjoyed a couple of pies, while fellow guests approached the table to offer congratulations and ask to take photos. Alex Rodriguez (no, not the former Yankees third baseman) and Marlon Rodriguez, brothers who are on staff at the restaurant, later took turns posing with the trophy as well.

Michael Gobbi, who waited on Werner and Kennedy, said the pair was joined by six others, though none were players. Per Gobbi, the group enjoyed a couple of pies, while fellow guests approached the table to offer congratulations and ask to take photos. Alex Rodriguez (no, not the former Yankees third baseman) and Marlon Rodriguez, brothers who are on staff at the restaurant, later took turns posing with the trophy as well.

On Saturday, chairman Tom Werner and team president and CEO Sam Kennedy visited Santarpio’s Pizza in East Boston for a bite to eat on their way home from Logan Airport — with the Commissioner’s Trophy in tow. The duo had just returned from a day trip to Puerto Rico, where they celebrated their title with residents of Caguas, manager Alex Cora’s hometown.

Following its visit to Santarpios, the trophy was on the move again, completing its victory tour at the Bruins tilt against the Dallas Stars at TD Garden Monday night. Sox owner John Henry (who also owns Boston Globe Media Partners), pitcher Joe Kelly, and Kennedy were welcomed onto the ice for a ceremonial face-off.

Following its visit to Santarpio’s, the trophy was on the move again, completing its victory tour at the Bruins’ tilt against the Dallas Stars at TD Garden Monday night. Sox owner John Henry (who also owns Boston Globe Media Partners), pitcher Joe Kelly, and Kennedy were welcomed onto the ice for a ceremonial face-off.


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