Two women from across the Hudson Valley became millionaires thanks to lottery scratch-off tickets. One million-dollar winning ticket was purchased at a supermarket.

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On Thursday, Jeanette Kitay of Pelham claimed her $1 million top prize on the New York Lottery’s Big Bucks scratch-off game.

"Now, I don't have to worry about paying bills," said Kitay after claiming her prize.

The winning ticket was purchased at the Stop & Shop located at 240 East Sanford Blvd. in Mount Vernon.


Kitay chose to receive her $1,000,000 as a single lump sum totaling $598,920 after required withholdings, according to lottery officials.

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New York Lottery

Earlier this week, Hudson Valley Post reported Amana Akter of Hudson has claimed her top prize on the New York Lottery’s $2,500,000 Make My Year scratch-off ticket.

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The top prize guarantees a minimum payout of $250,000 a year for 10 years.

Akter opted to take her $2,500,000 prize as a single lump-sum payment totaling $1,523,340, after required withholdings, officials say.

New York Lottery
New York Lottery

The New York Lottery did not say where or when Akter purchased the winning ticket.

“I have a lot of dreams to fulfill,” Akter said after claiming the last top prize on the popular scratch-off.

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