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N.Y. grandmother wins $1M lottery prize

New York LotteryNew York Lottery: N.Y. grandmother wins $1M lottery prize

Winner calls Smooth 7s game "very sweet"

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — Western New York's newest millionaire thought she had made a mistake when she scratched off the winning space on the state Lottery's new Smooth 7s instant game.

"I thought I must have scratched something wrong," Debra Mauro said Thursday as an oversized symbolic check for $1 million was presented to her by Lottery emcee Gretchen Dizer.

"I thought it just had to be a mistake," the 54-year-old grandmother said at the Tops market at 7200 Niagara Falls Boulevard, where she bought the winning ticket Feb. 3.

"I never played Smooth 7s before," Mauro said. She bought the ticket from a vending machine as she was on her way to work as an associate manager at the nearby Regal Cinemas.

She said she wasn't quite sure what to think when she scratched the ticket during a break at work. When she finally convinced herself that she really had a winner, Mauro said: "It's like eating your favorite candy bar ... very sweet."

With some of her family present at Thursday's presentation ceremony, Mauro said: "It's still overwhelming, very overwhelming. It's not comprehending yet. I don't believe it."

Nevertheless, she has a few ideas about what to do with her new wealth. First on the list is a new snowblower and then a new roof and furnace for her house in the city's LaSalle section.

Then, she said, she would make promised contributions to the St. Jude Foundation and to Women & Children's Hospital. "I don't need luxuries. I already have everything I need," Mauro said. But her first stop after leaving Tops on Thursday afternoon would be "at the Dollar Store."

Mauro is a native and lifelong resident of Niagara Falls, with three grown children and five grandchildren. Some of the grandchildren, attending Thursday's check presentation, jumped for joy, clapped their hands and chanted, "Yea, Grandma."

She said she buys about $20 worth of Lottery tickets every two weeks and has had some smaller winners, "but nothing like this."

Asked whether she might consider moving to a new home, she answered: "No, not yet, anyway. Not for at least another year." She added that she planned to continue baby-sitting some of her grandchildren in the daytime and working at her theater job in the evening. "That's my life," she said. "That's what I do."

As is the case with most New York State instant (scratch-off) lottery games, the top prize will be paid at $50,000 a year for 20 years. After the first payment, Mauro will receive an annual check of $33,015, after deductions for taxes, through the year 2029.

Mauro is the first Niagara County player of the Lottery to claim a $1 million prize this year. Other recent Lottery millionaires from the county include Betty Ross of Niagara Falls, who received her prize on the Price is Right instant game in April 2009.

Dizer, who presented Thursday's prize, is a former Town of Tonawanda resident and graduate of Sweet Home High School and Niagara University. She said the Smooth 7s game was added to the state's Lottery lineup about two months ago. The tickets cost $5 each.

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dpoly1's avatar - driver
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Posted: February 19, 2010, 9:43 am - IP Logged

Congrats to the nice Lady !

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I hope it is my turn tonight !

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    Posted: February 19, 2010, 11:13 am - IP Logged

    How SWEET!  Congrats to the winner.  she went to the Dollar store, very humble winner

     

    I'm waitin on my day.  Love those scratch-offs!

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      Posted: February 19, 2010, 2:36 pm - IP Logged

      If I won big, I would do a brief interview with No Pictures, for some perks from the media.

      Not much personal info though !

      Cool

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        Posted: February 19, 2010, 3:42 pm - IP Logged

        Congratulations Mrs. Mauro--please be sure to spend some of your winnings on yourself--take a long cruise to Hawaii or TahitiHurray!

          rdgrnr's avatar - walt
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          Posted: February 19, 2010, 6:12 pm - IP Logged

          $33,015 a year.

          Man, there ain't much left of a million after the government takes what we "owe" them right off the top.

          I'm sure they invest it wisely though. I'm pretty sure they do. Surely they know what's best for our money. They would never squander it. They're probably real good at handling money. I have a lot of faith in them. They've probably got it in a lockbox somewhere piling up interest.

          They've probably got so much that they'll be giving raises to Social Security recipients with all that money they promised they would keep separate and never touch. At least I know I'll have a nice income from Social Security when I reach that age. There has to be trillions and trillions in the SS Trust Fund by now with all we've paid in and the interest accumulated over all these years. I'm glad I trusted them to keep their word and never touch that money.

          I just don't understand people who complain about taxes. The government always knows best.


                                                       
                               
                                                   

           

           

           

           

                                                                                                             

          "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

                                                                                                      --Edmund Burke

           

           

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            Posted: February 19, 2010, 6:14 pm - IP Logged

            $33,015 a year.

            Man, there ain't much left of a million after the government takes what we "owe" them right off the top.

            I'm sure they invest it wisely though. I'm pretty sure they do. Surely they know what's best for our money. They would never squander it. They're probably real good at handling money. I have a lot of faith in them. They've probably got it in a lockbox somewhere piling up interest.

            They've probably got so much that they'll be giving raises to Social Security recipients with all that money they promised they would keep separate and never touch. At least I know I'll have a nice income from Social Security when I reach that age. There has to be trillions and trillions in the SS Trust Fund by now with all we've paid in and the interest accumulated over all these years. I'm glad I trusted them to keep their word and never touch that money.

            I just don't understand people who complain about taxes. The government always knows best.

            The worst words you will ever hear is.."I'm from the goverment and I'm here to help you"..

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              Posted: February 19, 2010, 10:50 pm - IP Logged

              The worst words you will ever hear is.."I'm from the goverment and I'm here to help you"..

              ROFL...Too funny...

              ''YOU CAN PAY FOR SCHOOL BUT, YOU CAN'T BUY CLASS''Thumbs Up

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                Posted: February 20, 2010, 12:29 am - IP Logged

                Wow thats a  blessing to scatch a $5 ticket and win  1 Million dollars . Congrads  to her.Hurray!

                Does anyone know how many $1 Millon dollar top prizes are remaining for the Smooth 7s instant game in New York? (I'm guessing maybe one or two.)

                Usually there are only about 4   top prizes in each state for a scratch off like this one, So I've always thought I would have a low chance of winning the top prize in a scratchoff game when I buy them.

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                  Posted: February 20, 2010, 12:40 am - IP Logged

                  Congrats to Mrs. Mauro. I hope she enjoys her winnings!

                  "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

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                    Posted: February 20, 2010, 1:45 am - IP Logged

                    The worst words you will ever hear is.."I'm from the goverment and I'm here to help you"..

                    LOL! Good one, tiggs! So true.

                    Luck is  ** believing  ** you're lucky.” ~Tennessee Williams

                    Money is neither my god nor my devil. It is a form of energy that tends to make us more of who we already are, whether it's greedy or loving.  ~ Dan Millman


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                      Posted: February 20, 2010, 2:36 am - IP Logged

                      Wow thats a  blessing to scatch a $5 ticket and win  1 Million dollars . Congrads  to her.Hurray!

                      Does anyone know how many $1 Millon dollar top prizes are remaining for the Smooth 7s instant game in New York? (I'm guessing maybe one or two.)

                      Usually there are only about 4   top prizes in each state for a scratch off like this one, So I've always thought I would have a low chance of winning the top prize in a scratchoff game when I buy them.


                                                                   
                                           
                                                               

                       

                       

                       

                       

                                                                                                                         

                      "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

                                                                                                                  --Edmund Burke

                       

                       

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                        Posted: February 20, 2010, 7:59 am - IP Logged

                        The worst words you will ever hear is.."I'm from the goverment and I'm here to help you"..

                        Here's the source of that phrase, and a few other great ones:

                        http://blogs.lotterypost.com/todd/2010/01/ronald-reagan-quotations.htm

                         

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                          Posted: February 20, 2010, 9:03 am - IP Logged

                          Wow thats a  blessing to scatch a $5 ticket and win  1 Million dollars . Congrads  to her.Hurray!

                          Does anyone know how many $1 Millon dollar top prizes are remaining for the Smooth 7s instant game in New York? (I'm guessing maybe one or two.)

                          Usually there are only about 4   top prizes in each state for a scratch off like this one, So I've always thought I would have a low chance of winning the top prize in a scratchoff game when I buy them.

                          I don't know about the State of New York but Georgia and South Carolina Lotteries have a site on their website which shows the number f remaining top prizes not claimed.  I like to use this info to buy scratch tickets.