Jason Lamb of Bolton Landing was presented with a $3 million ceremonial prize check today at the New York Lottery's Customer Service Center in Schenectady. Lamb won the top prize on the New York Lottery's $100 million Spectacular scratch-off game.
Lamb, a self-employed contractor, said he routinely buys a scratch-off ticket and a coffee at the Stewart's on Lake Shore Drive in Bolton Landing on the way to work. The morning of Oct. 18 was no different, except for one thing, according to Lottery officials.
His friend Sean, who was with Lamb when he purchased the ticket, explained that Lamb always says, "If we win a million dollars, we aren't working today," while scratching his tickets. Sean went on to say that Lamb had forgotten to make that statement on the morning of Oct. 18 before he scratched his way to a $3 million prize.
The pair did not go to work that day, opting instead to pick up Lamb's younger brother and drive straight to Schenectady to claim the prize.
The top prize on the $100 million Spectacular game is paid in 20 annual payments of $150,000. Lamb will receive a net check totaling $99,270 each year through 2031. Lamb said he plans to use his winnings to "take care of mom" and possibly go to Hawaii to visit his brother, who is in the military and stationed there.