Lottery Winners from Lake View, West Seneca and Buffalo Receive $2,000,000 in Prizes at Erie County Fair
Hamburg, N.Y. – The New York Lottery’s Amanda Serrano presented over-sized prize checks worth $2,000,000 to three lucky Western New York residents, including a stay-at-home mom who won a Mega Millions second prize and family members who won the top prize on the Cash Extravaganza scratch-off game after a lucky night of Bingo.
Spur-of-the-Moment Mega Millions Purchase Pays Off for Lake View Mom
Jodi Quinn, of Lake View, Erie County has claimed a $1,000,000 Mega Millions second prize from the July 21, 2015 drawing.
Quinn, a stay-at-home Mom, said she only plays the Mega Millions game about four times a year and rarely buys a scratch-off ticket.
On the day of the drawing, Quinn was in the 7-Eleven on Southwestern Boulevard in Hamburg. She said her decision to buy a Mega Millions ticket was rather spur-of-the-moment. “The person in front of me in line bought a Mega Millions ticket for that night’s drawing, so I thought to myself ‘I might as well buy one too,’” she said.
The day after the drawing, Quinn said she saw on Facebook that a winning ticket was sold in Hamburg. After talking to her husband about it, she learned that the ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven, and said to him, “I bought a ticket there!”
That’s when she went onto the Lottery’s Web site, checked her numbers, and saw that five of her numbers matched up.
She said she just kept looking at the numbers and checking and double-checking her ticket. “It’s hard to believe at first. I thought I was crazy,” Quinn said. She then called a few of her friends to tell them the good news, but they didn’t believe her. “They thought I was kidding,” she said. Quinn admits to getting the same incredulous response from her own mother and sister when she called them to break the news. Her children accepted her news in stride. “They were happy and excited for me right from the start,” she said.
Quinn will receive her $1,000,000 prize in one lump sum payment in the amount of $661,800 after taxes. She plans to use the money to save and invest for her children’s higher education.
Lucky Bingo Night Leads to $1,000,000 Cash Extravaganza Jackpot for Buffalo & West Seneca Residents
Paula Chandler and James Silva have claimed a top prize of $1,000,000 on the Cash Extravaganza scratch-off. Chandler is a retiree from West Seneca who works part-time for Forest Long Group. Long-time Buffalo resident Silva is married to Chandler’s sister and is employed as a factory worker.
Chandler credits a winning night of Bingo for the family’s Lottery windfall. “My sister and I had finished playing bingo and we won $300. We were going to go play some more bingo, but decided to go get coffee and soup instead. That’s when we decided to buy some scratch-offs.”
Chandler said her sister picked out a ticket that “felt good to her at the time.” The two scratched their Cash Extravaganza ticket while in the store. “We knew we won something,” said Chandler. “It wasn’t until we claimed it that we found out it was a $1,000,000 winner,” she said.
Preferring to stay out of the limelight, Chandler’s sister opted to have her husband, James Silva, claim her half of the prize in his name.
Chandler and Silva will receive their prize in lump sum payment of $400,000 each before taxes, $264,720.00 net. Chandler and Silva both said that this money is “life changing.” “It will allow all of us to retire permanently,” said Chandler.
The New York Lottery contributed $193,794,512.82 in Lottery Aid To Education to school districts in Erie County during fiscal year 2014-15.
About the New York Lottery
The New York Lottery continues to be North America’s largest and most profitable Lottery, contributing $3.11 billion in fiscal year 2014-2015 to help support education in New York State. The Lottery’s contribution represents 14 percent of total state education aid to local school districts.
New York Lottery revenue is distributed to local school districts by the same statutory formula used to distribute other state aid to education. It takes into account both a school district’s size and its income level; larger, lower-income school districts receive proportionately larger shares of Lottery school funding.