MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. — Eula Webb, 75, wanted to get some milk from the store, so she asked her friend Sam Cricci, 80, if he wanted to come along and buy some milk, too.
"I wanted to keep him active," she said.
They went to the Associated Supermarket on Fulton Street, got their milk, bought a couple of lottery tickets — one for Webb, one for Cricci — from a machine, and went home.
Webb scratched her Empire State Millionaire ticket and got nothing. Cricci scratched his ticket and won the jackpot: $1 million.
Their agreement was always to buy the tickets together and share any prizes. That's how both Webb and Crecci, residents of Middletown, ended up in front of TV cameras Friday morning at the same supermarket where they bought the tickets.
"We're here to award a million dollars to a couple of your neighbors," announced lottery celeb Yolanda Vega as surprised shoppers walked by.
"What, they doin' a rap video?" said one passing man in a do-rag.
Cricci is a retired maintenance and security worker in New York City and at West Point. Webb is a retired Horton Hospital secretary of 21 years. Neither seemed comfortable in front of the camera.
"Did you think about keeping the winning ticket for yourself and not telling her?" a reporter asked Cricci.
No, he said, without hesitation.
The two friends were the second winners of the Empire State Millionaire jackpot since the game started in March. The odds of winning the game are one in 2.6 million.
They were also the second Orange County winners in two months of a million-dollar state lottery game.
Guy Pennisi of Warwick won on a Minute to Win It ticket instant game in March.
When the interview ended, Cricci and Webb quickly made their way to the door, avoiding the throng of reporters.
"No more," Webb said, as she dismissed the media and headed out toward a more prosperous future.
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