The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at Manny’s Liquor, located at 723 North Main Street in Rochester.
“I usually only play the $5 and $10 games, but I’ve been winning quite a bit lately, so I decided to purchase a $30 ticket,” said the 76-year-old player. “I scratched the ticket right before bed and matched number 29. I thought maybe I’d won a few hundred dollars, but then scratched the $4 million amount underneath. I said: ‘Wait a minute. This can’t be.’ I knew what I was seeing, but I didn’t believe it was real.
“When I woke up in the morning, I thought I’d dreamt it all, but then I saw the ticket on my nightstand and knew it had actually happened,” the player said.
The player visited Lottery headquarters to claim his prize. He chose to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum of about $2.5 million rather than annuity payments totaling $4 million. With his winnings, he plans to help family and friends.
“I really enjoy helping people, so all I can think about is how many people I’ll be able help with this money. It is such a surreal feeling,” the player said.
Players have won more than $109 million playing $150 Million Cash Explosion, which launched in August 2020. Each $30 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $30 up to $4 million. More than $64 million in prizes remain, including one $4 million top prize, 15 $10,000 prizes, and 641 $2,000 prizes.
Lottery instant games may be purchased at 10,500 retailers across the state.
In 2020, Lottery players won more than $1.5 billion playing instant games.