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$45M N.Y. Lotto winner bought ticket on impulse

New York LotteryNew York Lottery: $45M N.Y. Lotto winner bought ticket on impulse

After she was hit with a hot flash during a late June trip to Brooklyn, 49-year-old Mary Ann Hrywnak ducked into David's Check Cashing to beat the heat and buy a Quick Pick Lotto ticket.

It turned out to be a multimillion-dollar decision.

Hrywnak's Quick Pick turned out to be a $45 million winner, the New York Lottery announced Tuesday. It's the largest lottery purse ever won by a person from Broome County.

The night of the drawing, the Johnson City woman recognized she had a few of the winning numbers, but she didn't think anything of it until she was in a local restaurant with her business partner and didn't have any cash for lunch.

"I had the lottery ticket sticking out of my purse and remembered I had a few numbers," Hrywnak said. "So I went to go cash it to pay for lunch, but the guy told me he couldn't give me the money because I won too much.

"I was stunned. I just stood there and looked at the man and asked him how much," she said Tuesday. "When he told me, I was like, wow ... and now, a dollar and a hot flash later, here I am."

With her two children, Julie and Joshua, and husband John there to witness it, Hrywnak accepted a check Tuesday morning from the state Lottery. She received her winnings in a lump sum totaling $22,156,834, before taxes.

The winning numbers on her June 28 Lotto ticket were 20-27-29-50-53-59 with a bonus number of 26.

Of the county's 14 millionaire lottery winners since 1997, the person who came the closest to winning as much money as Hrywnak was William Yonkoski, who won $25 million in 1998.

Hrywnak said she plans to start the Sonya Sinicki Cancer Foundation with a large portion of the money. Sinicki, who recently died of cancer, was John's cousin and very close to the family.

"I miss her," Hrywnak said. "This will let her live on."

She also plans to go on vacation with her family, get a new kitchen for her Johnson City home, and help some people who supported her and her partner in their Johnson City business, Heavenly Ham.

Although the future of Heavenly Ham is undecided, Hrywnak said people will still see her face at the store. John also will continue to work for New York State Electric & Gas Corp.

"Like they say," John said, "a dollar and a dream."

Holding on to the big check, from left, son Josh, daughter Julie and husband John watch as Mary Ann Hrywnak of Johnson City tells her story of buying the winning lottery ticket during the announcement Tuesday at Traditions at the Glen.

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Posted: August 2, 2006, 12:25 pm - IP Logged

With all the bad publicity (and rightly so) I give NY Lotto, maybe the NY Lottery should offer me a $22 million bribe to make me say "NY Lotto is the best game in the world!!"

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    Posted: August 2, 2006, 4:33 pm - IP Logged

    Congrats to them. I'm sure after winning a $45 million dollar jackpot, she does think it's the best jackpot in the world. I would.

    Dance like no one is watching.

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      Posted: August 2, 2006, 4:58 pm - IP Logged

      Congrats to them. I'm sure after winning a $45 million dollar jackpot, she does think it's the best jackpot in the world. I would.

      I Agree!

      BTW,  

      CASH-- your signature that says NY Lotto players are "suckers" ---

      I bet this lady feels that way like not at all .......

       

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        Posted: August 2, 2006, 5:48 pm - IP Logged

        She would have if she had five numbers Saturday 7/29 night and won $69.

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          She would have if she had five numbers Saturday 7/29 night and won $69.

          I agree the payouts stink, but the point is that she didn't get suckered.  The reality is far from that....

           

                                         

                        

           

           


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            Posted: August 2, 2006, 6:29 pm - IP Logged

            She needs a REALITY CHECK.

            Lose for Life might as well pay only 40% since GA doesn't have a cash option.

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              Posted: August 2, 2006, 8:32 pm - IP Logged

              She needs a REALITY CHECK.

              Lose for Life might as well pay only 40% since GA doesn't have a cash option.

              She needs a REALITY CHECK.

              She got one---it is worth Millions !

              Lose for Life might as well pay only 40% since GA doesn't have a cash option.

              What does this have to do with the subject ?

              CASH, I honestly believe If I offered you one hundred dollars in twenty dollar bills for free , you would say you were hoping for two fiftys...

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                Posted: August 3, 2006, 1:15 pm - IP Logged

                At least you wouldn't be giving me $5 a year LOL

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                  Posted: August 3, 2006, 8:11 pm - IP Logged

                  Quoite a few threads - and polls - on the various forums here on LP are covered in this statement:

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                   After she was hit with a hot flash during a late June trip to Brooklyn, 49-year-old Mary Ann Hrywnak ducked into David's Check Cashing to beat the heat and buy a Quick Pick Lotto ticket.

                  It turned out to be a multimillion-dollar decision.

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                  Threads and polls about everything from OQ's or your own numbers to is there such a thing as luck, and are jackpot winners just plain lucky.

                  Read the above and "Alcoa presents":

                  You make the call! 

                   

                   

                   


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                    Posted: August 3, 2006, 11:38 pm - IP Logged

                    I hope the Hrywnak family spends it wisely and not have financial problems in the future.

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                      Posted: August 3, 2006, 11:48 pm - IP Logged

                      At least you wouldn't be giving me $5 a year LOL

                      don't play in n.y. and hush!!!!

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