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Father of Rhode Island’s Lottery John Hawkins Dies at Age 80

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

 

Senator John Hawkins (L) with his nephew Bill Hawkins

John Hawkins was the powerful Majority Leader of the Rhode Island State Senate in the 1970s, but his biggest impact on Rhode Island was his creation and leadership of the RI Lottery.  Hawkins died Sunday evening at the age of 80.

The lottery and income from gaming facilities in Rhode Island now constitute the third largest source of revenue to Rhode Island's budget.

In the past three years, the Lottery has generated sales of over $2 billion and revenue to RI of more than $1 billion

Hawkins was an old school legislator who knew who to lead the chamber with finesse or force - an Lyndon Baines Johnson style leader. 

He was a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and Suffolk Law School.

His nephew, Bill Hawkins wrote about his uncles passing, “”(We) lost a great man tonight! He did a lot of good for so many people.”

Arrangements are being handled by the Skeffington Funeral Home in Providence. Visiting hours will be Friday at St. Thomas Catholic Church, 65 Fruit Hill Ave., with a Mass at 9 a.m. Saturday at the church.

PHOTO: Courtesy of Bill Hawkins
 

Related Slideshow: Top 25 Luckiest Places for Winning Lottery Tickets in Rhode Island

Here are the 25 stores with the most lottery winners of more than $10,000 in Rhode lsand in the past two years...

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25. Gulf Express

698 Broadway, Pawtucket

 
Average Ticket Winnings: $8,333
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $25,000
 
Ticket Wins: 3
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24. Vicker's Liquors

274 Bellevue Avenue, Newport
 
Average Ticket Winnings: $10,000
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $30,000
 
Ticket Wins: 3
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23. Healy News Store

231 Robinson Street, Wakefield
 
Average Ticket Winnings: $10,667
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $32,000
 
Ticket Wins: 3
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22. Stop & Shop

446 Putnam Pike, Smithfield

 
Average Ticket Winnings: $11,167
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $33,500
 
Ticket Wins: 3
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21. Stop & Shop

1360 West Main Road, Middletown

 
Average Ticket Winnings: $12,763
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $38,288
 
Ticket Wins: 3
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20. Solar Gas

1815 Smith Street, North Providence

 
Average Ticket Winnings: $13,177
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $39,532
 
Ticket Wins: 3
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19. Twin River

100 Twin River Road, Lincoln
 
Average Ticket Winnings: $13,333
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $40,000
 
Ticket Wins: 3
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18. Cumberland Farms

609 Killingsly Street, Johnston
 
Average Ticket Winnings: $15,223
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $106,564
 
Ticket Wins: 7
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17. Breads 'N' Stuff

1669 Main Street, West Warwick 
 
Average Ticket Winnings: $17,000
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $85,000
 
Ticket Wins: 5
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16. Cumberland Farms

785 Tiogue Street, Coventry

 
Average Ticket Winnings: $17,250
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $172,500
 
Ticket Wins: 10
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15. Sandy Lane Gas + Conv

1015 Sandy Lane, Warwick

 
Average Ticket Winnings: $19,513
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $58,540
 
Ticket Wins: 3
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14. Lakewood Liquors

774 Warwick Avenue, Warwick

 
Average Ticket Winnings: $20,000
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $80,000
 
Ticket Wins: 4
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13. Dan's Convenience

2699 Post Road, Warwick
 
Average Ticket Winnings: $22,790
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $68,370
 
Ticket Wins: 3
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12. Stop & Shop

1128 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence

 
Average Ticket Winnings: $25,177
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $75,832
 
Ticket Wins: 3
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11. Fast Freddie's

471 Putnam Pike, Greenville

 
Average Ticket Winnings: $26,667
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $80,000
 
Ticket Wins: 3
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10. Stop & Shop

300 Quaker Lane, Warwick

 
Average Ticket Winnings: $26,667
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $80,000
 
Ticket Wins: 3
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9. 7-Eleven

1128 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence
 
Average Ticket Winnings: $26,667
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $80,000
 
Ticket Wins: 3
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8. Shaw's Supermarket

8 Chapel Hill Boulevard, Cranston 
 
Average Ticket Winnings: $28,750
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $115,000
 
Ticket Wins: 4
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7. Sam's Food Mart

460 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston

 
Average Ticket Winnings: $31,944
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $95,832
 
Ticket Wins: 3
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6. A+B Mart

951 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston

 
Average Ticket Winnings: $50,166
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $250,832
 
Ticket Wins: 5
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5. Phred's Drug

1300 Oaklawn Avenue, Cranston
 
Average Ticket Winnings: $132,032
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $528,129
 
Ticket Wins: 4
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4. A+T Casali Liquors

1360 West Main Road, Middletown
 
Average Ticket Winnings: $173,333
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $520,000
 
Ticket Wins: 3
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3. Stop 'N' Go

1569 Plainfield Pike, Johnston
 
Average Ticket Winnings: $178,333
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $535,000
 
Ticket Wins: 3
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2. Cumberland Farms

704 Main Street, West Warwick

 
Average Ticket Winnings: $191,667
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $575,000
 
Ticket Wins: 4 
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1. Convenience Plus

1501 Atwood Avenue, Johnston

 
Average Ticket Winnings: $267,500
 
Total Ticket Winnings: $1,070,000
 
Ticket Wins: 4
 
 

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