MILLERTON — Pamela Miles has been scratching off lottery tickets for 25 years and always knew one day she’d get lucky.
And on Dec. 5, she finally hit the jackpot while playing lottery scratch-off tickets, becoming Columbia County newest millionaire.
Miles, of Ancramdale, won her big payout while playing Holiday Lucky X50 at J’s Millerton Market/Gulf Express, 123 Route 44, Millerton, in Dutchess County.
Miles says she usually plays, and gets her money back. This was her first big win.
“I felt a little lucky with the holiday,” Miles said.
She used $20 to pay to purchase two $10 tickets.
She scratched her way to the bottom of the ticket and was surprised to see her lucky number — 40 — three times and winning jackpot number “37.”
“I knew it wasn’t a lie,” she said.
She got a little nervous and took it home to her husband.
“My husband couldn’t believe it,” Miles said. “He thought he dreamed it.”
She cashed in the winning ticket the next day at the East Fishkill lottery claim center.
“I wasn’t talking any chances losing it,” she said during a check presentation at the Millerton Market on Wednesday.
The check was handed to her by state Lottery announcer Yolanda Vega.
“Congratulations on your $1 million win,” Vega said. “How exciting is this?”
“I love it,” Miles said.
After taxes, Miles will receive a $671,800 lump sum.
A humble winner, Miles plans on spending her winnings on a new car, a Honda CRV, to replace her 15-year-old vehicle. She also plans on taking a vacation with her husband, Mike, and paying off some bills.
Miles, who originally hails from Millerton, has lived in Ancramdale for 30 years with her husband. They have three children and five grandchildren. Miles plans to share her winnings with them.
But Miles isn’t expected to be the only winner in the game. There are still two outstanding prizes yet to be claimed or won on the Holiday Lucky X50 ticket, according to state Lottery officials.
The state Lottery contributed $5.9 million to Lottery Aid to Education to school districts in Columbia County in the fiscal year 2018-19.
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