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Two local lottery winners receive their $1 million checks

Maryann Nowak of Cheektowaga and Amy McGavis of Dunkirk on Friday received oversized checks denoting the $1 million each won in New York Lottery games.

“I went out to get the milk, and that’s when I decided to try something different,” Nowak, a caregiver with Assisting Angels, said in a statement about her decision to buy a Win For Life lottery ticket. “This ticket just spoke to me.”

Nowak, 59, bought the ticket at a 7-Eleven on Genesee Street in Cheektowaga and opted to take the cash value. She will receive a one-time payment of $790,000, netting $522,822 after taxes..

McGavis, 82, described her surprise when she entered the Fredonia Food Mart the day after the Jan. 6 $1.5 billion Powerball drawing to check the winning numbers.

“I handed my ticket to the clerk, and he told me that the store had sold a $1 million ticket, and I was the winner. After that, everything kind of faded to white because of the lights coming from the television cameras,” she said, referring to the news camera crew on the scene.