Vincent Suto is a lucky guy. The 67-year-old semiretired drug store manager gave money to his daughter to purchase scratch-off tickets for him when she was headed for a shopping trip with his wife at the Hannaford supermarket on Wolf Road in Colonie.
One of the tickets, a Triple Diamonds scratch-off, turned out to be a $1 million winner. Suto says his wife scratched off the winner.
He credited Hannaford for keeping the store’s Lottery vending machine full of the latest instant tickets, including the one that made him a winner.
The ticket was purchased on March 15 at the Hannaford store on the corner of Wolf and Sand Creek roads in Albany. Vincent Suto turned in the ticket the following day at the Lottery’s Customer Service Center in Schenectady.
As is the case with most New York Lottery instant game prizes, the top prize on the “Triple Diamonds” ticket is paid as a 20-year annuity.
Suto will receive his prize in annual payments of $50,000 a year before required tax withholdings. His annual net check will total $34,075.
When asked about plans for the money, Suto said he was looking forward to some day trips now and then.
In addition to Suto, other recent Capital Region Lottery players to receive a prize check valued at $1 million or more include Pamela Fitch of Mechanicville who won $1 million on the Big Bucks instant ticket; Patti Parsons of Delmar who won at least $10 million on the “Set for Life” instant game; and Alan North of Clifton Park who split the $5 million top prize on the Set For Life instant game with his wife, Carol.