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Anthony Lavarone: New York man who needed air in tires, bought lottery ticket worth $1 million

Posted at 12:58 PM, Jul 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-03 13:03:58-04

BALLSTON, N.Y. (AP) - A New York man who stopped at a convenience store to put air in his tires ended up buying a lottery ticket that won a $1 million jackpot.

State lottery officials on Friday introduced 19-year-old Anthony Lavarone as the winner of the jackpot on a $1 million Cashword scratch-off ticket.

Lavarone, of Clifton Park, says he recently stopped at a Stewart's Shops store in the Saratoga County town of Ballston to put air in his tires. While there, he decided to buy a lottery ticket.

Lavarone says he chose the $10 Cashword scratch-off because it's the one his aunt always plays. He says he at first didn't believe he won the jackpot, so he had his father double-check.

Lavarone will receive a one-time lump sum of $661,800 after taxes.