It took a losing lottery ticket for Amy Rhoades to get her winning ticket.
The 50-year-old Ballston Lake resident was driving home on Aug. 24, which was the day of the Powerball drawing, when she decided to stop at a Malta Stewart's Shop to check on an old lottery ticket, according to a news release. The ticket wasn't a winner, but Rhoades decded to use the $3 left in her pocket to test her luck again, purchasing a ticket for that evenings Powerball drawing and a Mega Millions ticket for three days later.
She stopped at the same Stewart's Shop on her way to work Sunday morning and that was when she learned her good fortune. The clerk behind the counter scanned her Powerball ticket and told Rhoades, "You won big!"
When asked how much the ticket was worth, the clerk said, "I think you won $1 milllion dollars!"
Rhoades was doubtful at first and left the store quickly so she wouldn't be late for work. It wasn't until later that night when she checked the results on the internet that reality began to sink in.
The payout, which will be almost $662,000 after required taxes, will go toward paying some bills and helping her children with student loans, according to the release.