MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has won a lottery to hunt and fish in Vermont for free for the rest of his life.

Robert Hubbard, 57, of Warwick, Massachusetts, was drawn as the winner from more than 19,400 tickets bought in 2020, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department said this week.

Sales of the $2 tickets brought net sales of almost $39,000 to the department, which can be leveraged with federal funds to produce more than $155,000 to support fish and wildlife conservation in Vermont, officials said. The lottery was open to residents and out-of-staters.

“These funds help us to manage the state’s sportfish and game animals, protect threatened and endangered species and conserve important habitat for wildlife,” Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter said.

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