Two men from Rochester win $1million scratch card prize

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Two men from Greece, Rochester who both won $1million New York Lottery scratch card prizes within four days of each other have been presented with their prizes. For the next 20 years both of the winners will get $50,000 (reduced to just over $33,000 after taxes) from the New York Lottery as an annuity.

The first lucky winner is Matthew Sherman, 28, who won his $1million prize from a $5 New York Porker ticket. He purchases his ticket on August 13th but didn’t scratch it off until he got home after running errands all day. Mr. Sherman is a father of two and he told reporters, ““I got home, scratched and then just kept going over it, over and over again to make sure I was reading it right. I still can’t believe this.”

Sherman said that he plans to use some of his winnings to help fund his children’s future education and to take a cruise with his wife. He will also be treating himself to “an old muscle car”.

The other winner is 55 year old Eric Strader, also of Greece. He won his prize after playing the “Big Money” New York Lottery scratch card ticket. He was out clothes shopping with a nephew when he decided to purchase a ticket at a news stand, it turned out to be a big winner. “I took the ticket and actually put it in my pocket and went to J.C. Penney to purchase my pants and then I went outside and screamed.” he said.

As for his plans for the money, Strader said that he would use his new found wealth to invest, buy a new truck and pay off all of his outstanding debts. He also has a desire to travel and said that the prize would definitely help towards this.

“I am not that excited yet, but once the money hits my account it will be a different story.” said Strader

Published: August 26, 2010

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