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Lottery Players From Greece, Rochester End Summer of 2010 On A Hot Streak

The New York Lottery’s Gretchen Dizer today awarded a total of $2,000,000 in instant game cash prizes to two Rochester-area Lottery players who claimed their jackpot prizes just days apart. The two winners, a licensed practical nurse (LPN) from Greece and an unemployed property manager from the City of Rochester, won their respective $1,000,000 prizes on different Lottery scratch off games.


Friday the 13th “a million times lucky” for New York Poker player from Greece
Bad luck took a back seat on Friday the 13th for Matthew Sherman of Greece who claimed a $1,000,000 Lottery jackpot prize on what many consider to be the unluckiest day of the year. Sherman won his $1,000,000 prize on a $5 New York Poker instant ticket. “Today was a million times lucky for me,” said the 28-year-old licensed practical nurse.


The father of two was running errands on the morning of August 13th when he stopped into his neighborhood Wilson Farms store on Dewey Ave. for a cup of coffee and a Lottery ticket to go. “I put the ticket in my pocket and finished my errands,” said Sherman, an LPN working at Episcopal Church Home in Rochester. “I got home, scratched [the ticket] and then just kept going over it, over and over again, to make sure I was reading it right.” Sherman, an avid poker player, said he finally convinced himself his straight hand beat the dealer’s three of a kind as it was printed on his ticket. He then called his wife at work. “I left an urgent voicemail saying, ‘You have to call me right now! I have great news.’”


Sherman claimed his $1,000,000 ticket later that Friday the 13th at the Lottery’s Customer Service Center in First Federal Plaza on East Main St. in Rochester. As with most instant tickets, the top prize on the New York Poker scratch off game is paid as an annuity. Sherman will receive his jackpot prize as $50,000 a year for 20 years. His annual net check will total $33,015. As for his plans for the money, Sherman plans to pay off some bills, save for college for his two children and take the family on a Hawaiian vacation. The car enthusiast also admitted a secret yearning for a new car. “An old muscle car really,” he explained. “A [Chevrolet] Chevelle to be exact.”


Clothes shopping leads to eye popping Big Money win for City of Rochester job seeker
A last minute change of heart turned into a $1,000,000 change of fortune for 55-year-old Eric Strader of Rochester. The experienced property manager and landscaper remembers turning down his nephew’s invitation to accompany him to the mall, “but then something told me I should go with him,” remembered Strader. What happened next was completely unexpected.


“I stopped at the newsstand in the mall and got two Lottery tickets,” said the District of Columbia-born Strader. “I scratched them both at the counter. I didn’t win anything on the first. I scratched the Big Money [ticket] and matched on number 26 and then I scratched the prize and saw the ‘1 million,’” he said. “I didn’t know what else to do so I stuffed the ticket in my pocket and went to [J.C.] Penney’s with my nephew like we planned. I looked at it again when we got back to the car to make sure it still said ‘1 million.’”


Strader bought his Big Money ticket on August 17th at the J & J Newsstand in Greece Ridge Center in Greece. He chose the ticket because he liked the idea of coming into some big money of his own. “The ticket spoke to me,” he said. “And it delivered.” Strader will receive his $1,000,000 prize as $50,000 a year for 20 years. He will receive a net check totaling $33,015 through 2029.


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.