Million dollar Lottery check presented today in Hunter

From NYS Lottery:




HUNTER , SEP 13, 2019

The New York Lottery’s Yolanda Vega today awarded a Troy man with his $1,000,000 Lottery prize at the store where he purchased his lucky ticket. Forty-one-year-old LaShawn Carter purchased his jackpot winning Gold Bar 7s ticket at the Cumberland Farms on Main Street in Hunter NY during a day trip with his wife.

“I wanted to show my wife the falls, so we took a day trip,” said Carter. “I took a wrong turn, so I stopped at Cumberland Farms for some snacks and bought the ticket while I was there.”

Carter scratched the ticket later that day at work and was stunned. “It wasn’t real,” he explained. “I showed it to a co-worker and asked, ‘do you see what I see?’ I signed it, took a picture of it and put it in the visor of my car for safe-keeping.”

Carter opted to receive his $1,000,000 prize as a one-time lump sum payment. He will receive a net check totaling $510,568 after required with holdings.

“I’ll use the money to pay for my children’s education and buy a new house,” said Carter. “I also plan to take the family on a nice vacation.”

Carter is the 77th New York Lottery player to claim a prize totaling $1,000,000 or more this year.

As of this writing there is one outstanding top prize available on the Gold Bar 7s ticket. Players may check the status of any New York Lottery Scratch-off game by clicking the Instant Games Reports link at

The New York Lottery contributed $28,890,251 in Lottery Aid to Education to school districts in Rensselaer County during fiscal year 2018-2019.

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