Tops Markets Delivers Top Prizes for Two New Lottery Millionaires from Delevan, Sloan
The New York Lottery today introduced Western New York’s newest Lottery millionaires. The two winners each won a top prize on a scratch-off ticket purchased from a Buffalo-area Tops Friendly Market last month. The winning tickets, worth a collective $4,000,000, were sold at Tops’ stores in Arcade, Wyoming County and Depew, Erie County. Lottery Draw Team personality Gretchen Dizer (originally from Tonawanda) awarded the new millionaires with their prize checks at the Depew location.
Delevan mom receives $3,000,000 surprise inside birthday card from son
Kelly Murphy enjoys “a simple life” on her Cattaraugus County farm where she raises calves for a nearby dairy farm and manages her husband’s logging business. The 51-year-old mother of four said it was no surprise that her sons and other members of the family, all of whom live within a two mile radius of one another, celebrated her birthday on July 14th by sending cards with a little something extra tucked inside. “It’s no secret I like scratch-off games,” she said. “I’ve been playing them for more than 30 years.”
The real surprise for Murphy came when she sat down at her kitchen table in between birthday calls and visits to begin scratching her birthday presents. “I scratched all my $5 tickets and won $50 right away and thought that was great,” said the grandmother of five. “Then I scratched the $10 [Platinum Payout] ticket my son gave me – I never buy the $10 ones for myself so that was a real treat. I got as far as matching the number 23, and then I got another birthday call.”
Murphy eventually remembered her ticket and continued scratching. “I saw the word jackpot under the 23, but it really didn’t register with me. I scratched a little more and saw the 3 million. I ran out to the barn to show my son. I made him drive me to the store to check the ticket because I was shaking too much.”
Once the ticket was verified, Murphy and most of her family headed to the Lottery’s Customer Service Center in Buffalo to claim the $3,000,000 prize. “I was very relieved when I handed it over,” she said. “You always hear about people winning, but you never think it could be you. This time, it was me.”
As with most instant tickets, the top prize on the Platinum Payout scratch-off game is paid as a 20-year annuity. Murphy will receive her prize as $150,000 a year (net $99,045) through 2029. Murphy said she and her husband plan to continue operating their farming and logging businesses. “This is our life,” she said. “The money will just make our life a little easier.”
Murphy’s son, Chad, purchased his mother’s $3,000,000 winning ticket at the Tops Market on West Main St. in Arcade. The purchase marks the second time in three years a winning Lottery ticket worth $1,000,000 or more was sold at that West Main Street location. Ken and Elizabeth Urban of Glenwood, Erie County, purchased a $1,000,000-winning ticket for the Lottery’s limited-time Raffle to Riches promotional drawing at the same store in July of 2007.
Small prizes lead to $1,000,000 pay day for Sloan mother of one
Loreen Brigman of Sloan, Erie County, likes to play Lottery games, “but only if I win,” said the 51-year-old former gas station manager. “That’s why I like the Millionaire Madness game,” she said. “I always seem to win something on that ticket.”
Sloan purchased a $1,000,000-winning Millionaire Madness ticket on July 15th from the vending machine at Tops’ supermarket on Transit Rd. in Depew where she shops regularly. “I had $5 in change from my groceries and used it to buy the [Millionaire Madness] ticket,” she said. “I scratched it in the store and started showing everyone, but no one could believe it. It turned out to be a real surprise party, right there in the store.”
Brigman claimed her prize at the Lottery’s offices in Buffalo shortly after leaving Tops with her $1,000,000 ticket. “Why wait?” she said. Brigman will receive her $1,000,000 prize as $50,000 a year for 20 years. Her annual net check will total $33,015 through 2029.
In the past 10 years, Tops Markets has sold a total of 14 jackpot-winning Lottery tickets, including Murphy and Brigman. Other Lottery players who purchased a jackpot-winning ticket at a Tops include:
• Marie & Donald Vail of Hamburg who won a $6 million Lotto jackpot in 2001 with a ticket they purchased at the Tops in Hamburg
• Gregory Colvin of Wyoming who won a $27 million Lotto jackpot in 2002 with a ticket he purchased at the Tops in Avon
• Kristy McCollum of Lockport who won a $3 million Lotto jackpot in 2003 with a ticket she purchased at the Tops in Lockport
• John Lawandus of Buffalo who bought his Win $2,000 A Week For Life instant ticket in 2003 at the (Sheridan Dr.) Tops in Buffalo
• Sam Mancuso of Williamsville who bought his $1 million Moola Millions ticket in 2004 at the Tops in Amherst
• Roy Miller, Jr. of Rochester who split an $8 million jackpot Lotto jackpot with 5 other winners in 2006. Miller purchased his ticket at the (Buffalo Rd.)Tops in Rochester
• Sandy O’Neill of Le Roy who bought his $1 million Red Hot Million instant ticket in 2006 at the Tops in Le Roy
• Tish & Ken Urban of Glenwood who bought their winning ticket for the promotional Raffle to Riches drawing in 2007 at the Tops in Arcade
• John Mullins, Jr. of North Tonawanda who bought his $1 million $500,000,000 Extravaganza ticket in 2007 at the Tops in North Tonawanda
• Franca Cavitt and Lia Gentile of Buffalo who purchased their $3 million Money Money Money instant ticket in 2009 at the (Seneca St.) Tops in Buffalo
• James Hannah of Rochester who purchased his $1 million Stinkin’ Rich instant ticket in 2009 at the (East Ridge Rd.) Tops market in Rochester
• Debra Mauro of Niagara Falls who purchased her $1 million Smooth 7s instant ticket in 2010 at the Tops market in Niagara Falls
The New York Lottery continues to be North America’s largest and most profitable Lottery, earning more than $39.3 billion in education support statewide since its founding over 40 years ago. The Lottery contributed nearly $2.67 billion in fiscal year 2009-2010 to help support education in New York State, which was over 12 percent of total state education funding to local school districts.
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.