Karen Scott didn’t believe her husband when he first informed her he had won $2 million in the New York Lottery.
The Powerball ticket was one of 10 sets of Quick Pick numbers Stanley Scott, a Hamburg dentist, purchased Sept. 23 at the 7-Eleven at 4931 Lakeshore Road in Hamburg.
But it wasn’t until Sept. 27 – one day after the drawing – that the 70-year-old father of three and grandfather of seven discovered he had a winning ticket that will pay out $1.3 million after taxes.
Scott waited one more day to claim his prize at the Lottery’s Customer Service Center at 165 Genesee St.
“He always would say, ‘One of these days I’m going to win the lottery,’ and I would say , ‘Yeah, sure.’ And sure enough, like a good husband, he did what he said he was going to do,” Karen Scott said.
“I said I’ll really believe it when we have the ticket verified, and that’s when it truly, truly sank in.”
The standard Powerball second prize for matching the first five numbers drawn is $1 million. Scott’s prize automatically doubled because he added the Power Play option.
At a news conference, he declined to reveal exactly what went through his mind after he checked his numbers and realized he had won.
“I can’t say that in public, but it was great, it was fantastic. I was shaking,” Scott said.
“I was always hoping for that to happen,” he added.
Scott posed Thursday with a blown-up check presented in the Hamburg 7-Eleven by the Lottery’s Gretchen Dizer. He plans to use the money to replenish funds lost in the stock market in recent years, start a retirement investment fund and travel more.
He was the fourth Lottery player in Erie County to win or share a $1 million prize in 2012, one shy of the mark of five accomplished in 2003 and in 2010.
Brian and Mary Lohse of Bondurant, Iowa, claimed the sole jackpot-winning ticket from the Powerball that Scott placed second in. That ticket was worth $202.1 million.