The New York Lottery’s Gretchen Dizer and John Schnurr presented ceremonial prize checks Friday to two new Lottery millionaires from Locke and Clay. Both lucky Lottery players won their prizes on scratch-off games. Wendy Caza of
Wendy Caza, 50, of Locke,
The morning of August 7, Caza purchased four scratch-offs, two of which were Maximum Millions games. She won $50 on one of the Maximum Millions tickets, so she went back to the store later that day to buy another. Caza scratched the ticket at home after work.
“I was crying and laughing. I ran to the neighbor’s to have them check it,” she said about realizing she was a $5,000,000 winner.
Caza went to her usual retailer, Modern Market on
“I clean houses for mostly elderly people. They’re my best friends. They need me and I need them,” she said.
Caza will receive her prize in one lump sum payment totaling $3,309,000 after required withholdings. She said she plans to “keep playing scratch-offs” with her Lottery prize.
Grocery Shopping Turns into $1,000,000 Win for Clay Lottery Player
Center and his wife were in the Price Chopper on East Circle Drive in
While his wife finished shopping, Center went to his car and scratched off his Lottery tickets. He scratched off two $10 non-winning tickets before scratching the $5 Black Diamond Riches ticket. Center said he couldn’t believe it when he saw the word “jackpot.”
As he saw his wife coming toward the car, he shouted to her “Hurry up!” His wife didn’t believe him at first because Center is known to be a bit of a prankster. It wasn’t until she handled the ticket herself and saw the word “jackpot” that she accepted it was real. Center also told his two sons about his good fortune, but they didn’t believe him either until he sent them a picture of the ticket.
Center, a manager at an ethanol plant, chose to receive his payment in one lump sum of $830,000 (net $549,294). He said he plans to help his sons with his Lottery prize. He would also like to take a trip to
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