Lucky ‘Janice’ wins $1 million lottery

Apparently when playing the lottery it’s lucky to be named “Janice” and living in Westfield.

Janice Cochran, 68, of Westfield, won a $1,000,000 Powerball prize from the April 9 drawing. She claimed her winning ticket on April 16 at the New York Lottery’s Buffalo Customer Service Center.

Cochran said she only plays the Lottery when she “has a couple of extra dollars.” She purchased her ticket on Saturday, April 5, at the Country Fair Store at 51 Main Street in Brocton. She waited a few days after the drawing to check her ticket on the Lottery Web site and that’s when she found out she was a big winner.

“I saw the name of the store first, and thought, ‘That’s where I bought my ticket.’ Then I checked the numbers and was shocked when they matched up. I actually shook a little when I realized I had won,” said Cochran.

The $1,000,000 Powerball second prize is paid out as a one-time lump sum payment. Cochran will receive a net check totaling $661,800 after required withholdings. Cochran said she is unsure of her plans for the prize money but may take a trip to Arizona.

The winning numbers for the April 9 Powerball drawing were 09-14-44-48-49, Powerball 29.

She is the 64th New Yorker to claim a New York Lottery prize of $1,000,000 or more so far this year.

The last $1 million ticket purchased locally was at Tuscany in Fredonia in 2011, by Janice Rothwell. She won in a scratch-off game.

Tuscany also had sold a $1 million ticket purchased in 2009.

Earlier this month the New York Lottery announced a $17,294 ticket was sold in Fredonia and in March a $64,764 ticket was purchased at Tops. Neither winner has been announced.

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