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.
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.
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“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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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.
“I was shocked when I won,” Aylward said in a telephone interview Thursday. “I’ve won $250 and stuff, but not a real big one.” He added that he won $5,000 from the lottery a couple of years ago.