Burrillville native, bartenders at Uncle Ronnie’s win $100K at Gator’s Pub


NORTH SMITHFIELD – A married couple that both bartend at Uncle Ronnie’s Tavern in Burrillville saw their day improve dramatically after a recent stop at a North Smithfield restaurant, according to the Rhode Island Lottery.

Benjamin and Jessica Haffner, identified in a RI LOT press release as a couple from Manville, stopped in to Gator’s Pub at 1402 Victory Highway. Lottery officials stated that the couple said they’d had a “bad day,” and Jessica purchased a couple of “Pinball Wizard” Instant Tickets from the bartender in an effort to distract her husband and help him to relax – and scratched the $100,000 prize.

Benjamin, a Harrisville native, also works at Macari Properties Inc. in Cumberland, according to social media.

The couple said they plan to use the winnings for a down payment on a house and to start a family.

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