PITTSFIELD -- A Pittsfield woman this week beat the odds when a $5 lottery ticket that she purchased in Lanesborough resulted in a $1 million payday.

Linda Belanger opted to receive the $650,000 payout from her $1 million winning ticket in a lump sum from the state Lottery Commission, state lottery officials said. The winning ticket was a "Black Pearls" instant scratch ticket that Belanger had purchased at a gas station owned by Krupta Enterprises.

The Lanesborough Elementary School teacher could not be reached for comment on Friday. But she told state lottery officials that she would use the funds to pay for home repairs. She plans on saving the remainder of her winnings.

There have been 49 $1 million winners, including Belanger, in Berkshire County since June 1997, according to state lottery officials.

State Lottery spokeswoman Lisa McDonald said Belanger's odds of selecting a $1 million "Black Pearl" ticket was 1 out of 3 million.

Gas station clerk Mike Patel said two $1 million lottery tickets have been purchased there since 2011. A $100,000 ticket was purchased at the Krupta Gas Station in July 2012.

Patel said Belanger regularly visits the store to purchase lottery tickets.

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