BALLSTON LAKE, N.Y. – A Ballston Lake woman was presented with a $1 million Lottery prize on Friday.
Amy Rhoades, 50, a nurse at a local hospital, won the Powerball prize from the August 24, 2013 drawing.
The day of the drawing, Rhoades was on her way home and decided to stop at the Stewart's Shop in Ballston Lake to check a Lottery ticket she had purchased previously. It was not a winner, so she decided to buy a Powerball ticket for that evening's drawing with $3 left in her pocket.
On her way into work early on Sunday morning, she stopped at the same Stewart's Shop to buy a soda and check her ticket. When the clerk behind the counter scanned her ticket she said to Rhoades, "You won big!" Rhoades said she asked her, "How big?" and the clerk said, "I think you won one million dollars!"
Rhoades said she couldn't believe it and left the store quickly because she didn't want to be late for work. When she got home that evening, she checked her ticket online, and that's when it started to sink in that she really was a Lottery millionaire.
Rhoades said her plans for the money include paying some bills and helping her children with their student loans.
Rhoades purchased her Powerball
ticket at Stewart's Shops at 16 Round Lake Road and Ruhle Road in Ballston
Rhoades will receive her prize in one lump sum totaling $661,800 after required withholdings.
Rhoades is New York State's 100th Lottery millionaire in 2013.