Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Chautauqua County woman wins $1 million in lottery

November 24, 2009, 1:40 PM

A 45-year-old Chautauqua County woman today claimed an early Christmas present when she was introduced as the winner of the $1 million top prize in the new Super 9s instant game.

"I always believed that one day I would win a big lottery prize," said Sandra "Sandy" Olson, a mother of two from Falconer. "When I scratched the ticket and saw the word "Jackpot,' I knew this would be a great holiday for my boys."

Olson, who works in the human resources department at RHI Monofrax in Falconer, compared her winning experience to "waking up on Christmas morning when you're 8 years old."

As with most of the New York Lottery's instant games, the top prize on the Super 9s instant ticket is awarded as an annuity. Olson will receive her prize in 20 annual payments of $50,000 each, netting her $33,015 a year through 2028.

The money won't drastically change her life, Olson told a morning news conference.

"I have two teenage sons that will be going to college in a few years," she said. "The money will definitely help pay some of those bills as well as some repairs to the house."

But first she plans to go on vacation.

Today's press conference was held at US News on East Second Street in Jamestown, where Olson bought her Super 9s instant ticket on Nov. 5.

Olson becomes the second player across the state to claim one of the $1 million top prizes since the New York Lottery introduced the $5 Super 9s game in September.

Lottery officials say Olsen became the first Chautauqua County person to win $1 million this year. Five other Western New Yorkers have won at least $1 million prizes this year.


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