William "Chopper" Young, right, formerly of Bar Harbor, has hit it big with a $10 million Massachusetts Lottery scratch ticket. He is pictured above after winning an oyster shucking contest in Massachusetts. FILE PHOTO

Former MDI man wins $10 million



WELLFLEET, Mass — One minute he was shucking oysters for a living, the next he was sitting on top of 10 million clams.

Former Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island resident William “Chopper” Young, now living on Cape Cod, hit it big last Friday when he discovered he held a winning $10 million lottery ticket.

“I’m going to get new socks, have my teeth cleaned, and I’m going to upgrade my cable from $49 a month to $79 a month, and I will pay off some of my bills,” he is quoted as saying by reporter Marilyn Miller on the website capecod.wickedlocal.com.

“I’m not going to splurge,” he continued.

Young, son of Mittie Butler of Tremont, got his big payday with a scratch ticket purchased at a local convenience store.

Kevin Sprague of Bar Harbor, who is Butler’s cousin, congratulated Chopper in a post on a social media site.

According to Miller’s article, once Young realized his ticket was a winner, he handed the clerk who sold it to him $100 and said there would be more once he cashed it in.

He told a reporter he plans to take some time and consider his options before picking up his big check.

Young was born in Bar Harbor and moved to Wellfleet in 1983. He has earned a living as an oyster harvester and champion oyster shucker. He has been crowned the best oyster shucker four times at the annual Wellfleet Oysterfest. Prizes in that contest amount to thousands of dollars.

And this is not the first time Young has won major scratch on a scratch ticket. He reports having won $10,000 two times before.

Since finding the ticket, he has continued his routine of going to the flats to harvest oysters. He even appeared at an oyster regulator meeting where he joked he was finding out he has all kinds of long-lost cousins. “Shellfishing is my passion,” he told Miller. “That’s not going to change.”

Earl Brechlin

Earl Brechlin

Editor at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander editor Earl Brechlin first discovered Mount Desert Island 35 years ago and never left. The author of seven guide and casual history books, he is a Registered Maine Guide and has served as president of the Maine and New England Press Associations. He and his wife live in Bar Harbor.

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