A college student from Hilton doesn't have to worry about tuition anymore - thanks to winning $1M On the lottery.
20-year-old Kitryna Carey, a Hilton High School graduate stopped by Herrema's Market Place in Irondequoit to buy groceries for her mother. While buying the groceries she nonchalantly decided to buy a scratch-off ticket on a New York Lottery Hold ’Em Poker instant game, using $5 she found in her pocket.
"I had $5 in my pocket and took a chance on a scratch-off ticket," she said. "I still can't believe I won. It's just dumb luck."
Kitryna Carey received her winnings as a one-time lump sum payment of $537,440.
Yolanda Vega, a Lottery spokeswoman, gave Carey her ceremonial giant lottery cheque on Tuesday afternoon at Herrema’s on Pattonwood Drive in Irondequoit, where she bought the winning ticket in June.
Carey told lottery officials that she and her father had stopped at the market to buy steak, for her mother and decided to spend the remainder of a birthday gift on a lottery ticket.
She gave her father the cash and asked him to pick the ticket. When they got back to their car, Carey scratched off the game and got the shock of her life. Not completely believing what she was seeing she handed the ticket to her father to check.
He checked it the scratch-off lotto ticket and confirmed that she had, in fact, won big!
"I was in complete shock," she said, adding that she's only played lottery games about 10 times before. "I did not believe it. I thought he was playing a joke on me or something."
Later that evening she told her mother that she had won the $1 million jackpot.
Carey said that she would like to pay off the mortgage of her parents' house and buy a new truck for her mother. After that, she would also like to take a family trip to a Disney park and to fund her college education.
It’s always good to hear of lottery winners who spend their prizes on good things like Carey.
Owner of Herrema's Market Place, Dave Breen, said that he’s spoken to the lucky lottery winner’s father and he said the family is ecstatic about the win. The whole store is also extremely happy, saying they are, “really excited to have someone from our community and a good customer and supporter of Herrema's to win on the lottery here. It's great news for all of us. The store has never had a million-dollar winner before.”
Carey, who attends a local community college, is currently studying environmental science and dreams of studying at SUNY's College of Environmental Science and Forestry and becoming a forest ranger.
We wish her all the luck with her lucky lottery win and her studies.