Playing the same lotto numbers for more than 20 years finally paid off for retired Williamsville Central School District clerk Janice Rovner.
Rovner, of Amherst, won the $1 million Mega Millions prize in the June 2 drawing, and New York Lottery’s Yolanda Vega presented her with an oversize check at Dash’s Market on West Klein Road Thursday.
The numbers are related to her children and family, she said, and she kept thinking, “This can’t be,” when she checked the numbers on her ticket. Her son and daughter did not believe it either when she told them.
Rovner bought the ticket May 30 after visiting garage sales with a friend. Her friend stopped at Dash’s and Rovner decided to buy her ticket for the next Mega Millions drawing.
The day after the drawing, another friend told her the winning ticket had been purchased at Dash’s.
“I thought to myself ‘I bought a ticket there,’” she said.
She checked her numbers when she got home, and saw that five of the numbers matched.
“At that point, I knew I had won something, but did not know it was a million dollars,” Rovner said.
She will receive her prize in one lump-sum payment of $661,800 after required withholding, and she said, “it will definitely help me to enjoy my retirement.”