Meet WNY woman who won $1 million on Powerball

Posted at 1:21 AM, Jan 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-08 12:48:41-05

No one won the Powerball jackpot, but a woman Western New York is now a millionaire.

Amy McGavis of Dunkirk bought a ticket at the Fredonia Food Mart on Temple Street in Fredonia and matched 5 out of 5 numbers. She won the second place prize – which is $1 million.

McGavis was speechless over her win. The 81-year-old is a regular at the Fredonia Food Mart and the manager tells 7 Eyewitness News she's well liked. When we were there, a friend gave her a hug after hearing news of her windfall.

McGavis told 7 Eyewitness News that she had no idea that she won a ticket until she came into the Fredonia Food Mart on Thursday morning. She asked the clerk to check her ticket, and was stunned by her win.

"I don't know! I really am excited," McGavis said. "I think it'll hit me later. I'm not too sure of that either!"

Mark Stuczynski, the owner of Fredonia Food Mart, told 7 Eyewitness News that, "we've had some $17,000 winners on the Take 5 and some scratchers that were pretty big, but nothing in the million dollar range."

So what does she plan to do with the money? For now, she plans on spending some of the money on a new roof for her home, where she lives with her 90-year-old husband.

And the ticket happened to be sold by an Olympian's parents:

The winning numbers in Wednesday's $500 million drawing were, 02-11-47-62-63, Powerball: 17.

The next drawing is Saturday. The estimated prize for Saturday's drawing is $700 million. That makes it the largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history with a cash value of $428.2 million.

Powerball is played in 44 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

The odds of winning are one in 292.2 million.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.




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