Lottery introduces latest CNY jackpot winner

A retired educator is the latest million-dollar New York Lottery winner from Central New York, and the second to have bought a ticket from the same local supermarket.

A news conference was held Tuesday morning to congratulate 82-year-old Etta Beard of Syracuse, who won one million dollars playing a "Mega Millions" scratch-off game. She purchased her ticket on July 14 from a vending machine at the Price Chopper on Erie Boulevard in Syracuse.

Beard says she is going to donate some of the winnings to a Syracuse city scholarship fund, and she is also going to donate some money to her late mother TMs church in Tallahassee, Florida. She says she doesn't know exactly how she TMs going to use the rest of the money for herself just yet, but wants to make some improvements to her house.

Beard will receive $50,000 per year for 20 years. That amounts to $33,015 per year after taxes.

Right now we TMre going to go with 20 years. That may change. said Beard Tuesday morning.

Beard is originally from Georgia, and has lived in Syracuse since 1968. She purchased her ticket at the same Price Chopper store where four New Process Gear workers bought their $26 million Mega Millions ticket last month. Beard thinks she may owe her good fortune to the Mega Millions winners who preceded her.

"I was at the winner event a few weeks ago at Price Chopper when those gentlemen received their big Lottery check. I even tried a piece of their millionaire's cake hoping their good fortune would rub off on me," she said.