A Massachusetts great-grandfather has won a $100,000 lottery prize by picking the jersey numbers of five members of the World Series-winning Boston Red Sox.
The lottery said in a statement that 84-year-old Jim Aylward Jr., of Templeton, won the prize in Monday’s Mass Cash drawing using the numbers 11-16-19-22-25. He claimed his prize Wednesday.
Those are the jersey numbers of Red Sox players Rafael Devers, Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr., Rick Porcello, and World Series MVP Steve Pearce.
Jim Aylward Jr. used the jersey numbers of Red Sox players Rafael Devers, Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr., Rick Porcello, and World Series MVP Steve Pearce to win the lottery
The Boston Red Sox celebrate with the World Series trophy after their 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Five to win the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 28
The numbers represent ‘two young stars, a dazzling outfielder, a starting pitcher and the series MVP,’ the lottery said in a release.
Aylward has five children, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
In October, the Red Sox defeated the National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers in five games to capture the franchise’s ninth World Series title, and its fourth over the last 15 years.
Benintendi, Bradley, Pearce, and Devers combined for five home runs and two doubles during the five-game series. Meanwhile Porcello allowed only three hits and one earned run in his only start of the series.
Aylward is not the only one with something to celebrate in addition to the World Series win. Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts became a father on November 6.
‘Never knew what unconditional love meant or how it felt until I met this little princess,’ Betts wrote of his newborn daughter on social media.
Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers (No. 11) and pitcher Rick Porcello (No. 22) helped Aylward pick two of the five numbers he used to win $100,000 in the Massachusetts lottery
Steve Pearce’s No. 25 was used to help Aylward win the Massachusetts lottery
Red Sox center fielder (No. 19) and left fielder Andrew Benintendi (No. 16) provided Aylward with two of the five numbers he used to win $100,000 in the Massachusetts lottery