SCHENECTADY – A Niskayuna woman won $1 million in a New York Lottery scratch-off game on a ticket she purchased on Mother’s Day, the lottery said Tuesday.
Patricia Stanton, 56, was announced as the winner at an event Tuesday morning in Schenectady. She won her prize playing the lottery’s Lady Luck 7 game.
“I was with my mom and we stopped at Stewart’s after getting our nails done,” Stanton said, according to the lottery. “I bought a couple of the Lady Luck 7 tickets and told my mom to pick one. Hers was a $10 winner and mine ended up being the jackpot winner.”
Unsure if she’d actually won, Stanton said she showed her mother and she confirmed she was a winner, the lottery said.
“I went straight home to show my father and my husband,” Stanton continued. “I immediately signed the back of the ticket and put it away in a cabinet for safe keeping.”
She said she expects to use the money to take care of family and pay for her daughter’s college education.
She purchased the ticket from the Stewart’s Shop at 1218 Troy-Schenectady Road in Latham.
Stanton chose to receive her prize in 20 annual payments of $50,000. She will receive an annual net check totaling $33,590 after required withholdings.
The announcement follows one two weeks ago where Ballston Spa resident Kelly Busch, 59, and Albany resident Gregg Collar, 45, each one $1 million playing separate scratch-off games.