Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Boston Cabbies Say Fellow Driver Is Big Game Winner

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Boston Cabbies Say Fellow Driver Is Big Game Winner

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BOSTON -- With no one claiming the nation's second-largest lottery jackpot, speculation grew yesterday that an immigrant cabbie had won the $197 million Big Game prize.

As reporters converged on the Town Taxi garage where the rumored winner was affiliated, the story of a taxi driver known as "Patrick," a Nigerian immigrant, began to take on rags-to-riches proportions.

He came to America on a raft, said John Ford, vice president of Town Taxi. Supported a family. Drove a cab 60 hours a week, starting in the pre-dawn hours.

As much as his fellow cabbies chattered, however, no one seemed to know his actual name, where he lived or where he went Wednesday morning after driving from a cab stand at Logan International Airport.

"No one has come forward. It's totally speculation," said Susan Frigoletto, a lottery spokeswoman.

Ford said "Patrick" announced he held the winner after another cabbie recited the winning combination as cabs were lined up at the airport. …

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