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Couple has $2M reason to thank their lucky stars

New York LotteryNew York Lottery: Couple has $2M reason to thank their lucky stars

Woman's horoscope told her to expect a windfall

Katie Hyatt read her horoscope in the paper last month and was told to expect a windfall.

So when the Pittsford woman won $500 on a lottery ticket, she thought the prediction had come true.

It was just the beginning.

Hyatt, 41, and her partner, Erik Johnson, 37, were introduced by lottery officials Tuesday as winners of a $2 million prize.

Hyatt, who works downtown as a repair supervisor for a phone company, said she usually buys some lottery tickets every other Friday, when she gets paid.

After winning the $500 prize, she bought four $10 tickets, one of each game available at Gleason's Tobacco in Midtown Plaza. She returned to work, where she scratched them off.

On the last ticket, she uncovered a coin, which indicates a winner, with "jackpot" listed as the prize.

"I kept looking at it. I didn't believe it was real," she said.

She called Johnson to tell him the news. "I didn't believe her," he said. "I know she knew what she was doing, but until you see it for yourself ... "

The couple kept the ticket in a security box for two weeks.

"We didn't know what to do," Johnson said.

They kept their win a secret, except to consult with an accountant and tax attorney.

They told relatives about their win just prior to the Tuesday news conference.

Both Hyatt and Johnson, who is a self-employed telecommunications supervisor, say they will continue to work.

The couple bought a playground for their two children, ages 2 and 5, and plan to establish a trust fund for the children's education.

And they'll take a nice vacation somewhere. Maybe an annual Could you keep this secret? After scratching off a $2 million jackpot on a state lottery ticket, winners Katie Hyatt and Erik Johnson of Pittsford spent two weeks making arrangements before telling anyone.vacation.

"It's a relief," Hyatt said. "We know the kids will be taken care of."

And Hyatt vows to continue scratching off lottery tickets.

"It's fun," she said.

The couple will receive 20 annual payments of $100,000, minus taxes.

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

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United States
Member #379
June 5, 2002
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Posted: May 3, 2006, 10:29 am - IP Logged

There is NO such thing as a $2 million NY scratch ticket. For that matter, NY has not offered a true $1 million (lump sum) scratch prize since Tax-Free Million was prematurely retired in 2000.

    New Member
    Plano TX
    United States
    Member #27999
    December 8, 2005
    6 Posts
    Posted: May 3, 2006, 11:30 am - IP Logged



    It took me about 20 seconds on the New York lottery site to find a $10 ticket entitled '2,000,000 Jackpot'. Thesite is www.nylottery.org

      bellyache's avatar - 64x64a9wg

      United States
      Member #12618
      March 18, 2005
      2060 Posts
      Posted: May 3, 2006, 1:14 pm - IP Logged

      2 million dollars is a lot of money to win on a scratch-ticket. I didn't know they went that high.

      Dance like no one is watching.

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        Chief Bottle Washer
        New Jersey
        United States
        Member #1
        May 31, 2000
        23587 Posts
        Posted: May 3, 2006, 1:19 pm - IP Logged

        Cash Only:

        Very odd that you do not know about your own scratch games, being a New Yorker yourself.  There is certainly a $2 million scratch game.  (How else could they have won it?)

        Here's a $2 million scratch game right here: http://www.nylottery.org/ny/nyStore/cgi-bin/InstantGameDetail_Cat_201872_SubCat_1168122_NavRoot_301.htm

        Congratulations to the big $2 million winners!


        Check the State Lottery Report Card
        What grade did your lottery earn?


        Sign the Petition for True Lottery Drawings
        Help eliminate computerized drawings!

          curt777's avatar - pacman
          Palatine, IL
          United States
          Member #734
          September 24, 2002
          61 Posts
          Posted: May 3, 2006, 5:57 pm - IP Logged

          Illinois has a $2 Million Scratch card also... Luckily it's not an Annuity either!

          It is, however, $20 per card Thud


          -Curt Little Lotto King

            Coastal Georgia
            United States
            Member #2653
            October 30, 2003
            1866 Posts
            Posted: May 3, 2006, 8:34 pm - IP Logged

            GA has a 2.5 million jackpot scratch game, but for some reason it looks like they want to collect the money before handing it out....

            I have bought umpteen of these tix and the most I've won is $50.


            PS- it's an annuity only game: 125K per year for 20 years.......






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              May 30, 2004
              5180 Posts
              Posted: May 8, 2006, 12:06 pm - IP Logged


              New York couple.....................CONGRAT$$$$$$$$

              from  "me".................psykomo....................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

              The only question I have for you isssss.....??????

              "How" do couples................DO-IT??$$$$

              I can't even a jackpot with a QUICKPICK xxxxxyyyyyzzzzzz/////++++