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Steuben County man changes his lottery routine; wins $1,000,000 second prize

Glenn Eaton

Drawing Date: 5/27/2014

June 19, 2014 - Glenn Eaton, of Atlanta, Steuben County, N.Y., won a $1,000,000 Mega Millions prize from the May 27, 2014, drawing by changing just one part of his lottery routine.

Eaton said he plays the Mega Millions game about once a week. On the day of the drawing, he went out to buy his wife a soda at Mikey’s Gas Mart on Wayland Street in North Cohocton, and decided to buy his ticket. Eaton said, “Something told me to buy a ticket for that night’s drawing.”

Eaton said he normally picks his own numbers, but that day he decided to buy a Quick Pick ticket instead. It was that change in his routine that made him into a new lottery millionaire.

The next day Eaton went back to Mikey’s Gas Mart and scanned his ticket. That’s when he found out that he was a big winner. “I felt a little light headed and my hands started tingling when I realized I had won the one million dollar second prize,” Eaton said.

Eaton claimed his winning ticket on May 28 at the New York Lottery’s Buffalo Customer Service Center.

The $1,000,000 Mega Millions second prize is paid out as a one-time lump sum payment. Eaton will receive a net check totaling $661,800 after required withholdings. Eaton said his plans for the prize money include paying off his mortgage and taking a trip to Virginia to visit family.
The winning numbers for the May 27 Mega Millions drawing were 01-06-10-46-58, Megaball 13.