Rochester Man Wins $3,000,000 New York Lottery Jackpot Prize

EAST ROCHESTER, NY (09/28/2012)(readMedia)-- Matthew Carter, 18, of Rochester, Monroe County, was visiting his brother at work when he decided to purchase a New York Lottery $100,000,000 Spectacular scratch-off ticket. The dedicated scratch-off player noticed a customer in line had purchased some non-winning tickets, and hoped the odds were in his favor that the next one would be a winner. The ticket Carter purchased was indeed a winner -- a $3,000,000 winner to be exact.

"I was very shocked, no extremely shocked, when I realized my numbers matched the jackpot prize," he explained. "I noticed a customer ahead of me bought some tickets and didn't win on any of them. I just figured the odds of the next one being a winner were pretty good."

Carter purchased his winning ticket at the Kwik Fill on North Washington Street in East Rochester on August 30 and claimed his $3,000,000 prize later that day at the Lottery's Customer Service Center in Rochester.

The top prize on $100,000,000 Spectacular scratch-off game is paid as $150,000 a year for 20 years. Carter will receive a net check totaling $99,270 a year through 2031.

Carter's plans for the money are pretty simple. "Now I can buy a few things that I've never had before. My first purchase might be a Cadillac Escalade."

The New York Lottery contributed $157,204,810.72 in Lottery Aid To Education to school districts throughout Monroe County during fiscal year 2011-12.

About the New York Lottery

The New York Lottery continues to be North America's largest and most profitable Lottery, contributing nearly $2.9 billion in fiscal year 2011-2012 to help support education in New York State. The Lottery's contribution represents nearly 15 percent of total state education aid to local school districts.

New York Lottery revenue is distributed to local school districts by the same statutory formula used to distribute other state aid to education. It takes into account both a school district's size and its income level; larger, lower-income school districts receive proportionately larger shares of Lottery school funding.