A retired electrician from Port Byron, New York, won the $42.5 million jackpot on Oct. 17. Richard Loveless was going through his usual Sunday routine on Oct. 18 when he learned that a winning $42.5 million Lotto ticket was sold the day before at the Pit Stop convenience store — the same business where he purchases his Lotto tickets, the Auburn Citizen reported.
On his Lotto ticket, Loveless used a mix of numbers that are important to him — mostly anniversaries and birthdays of family members. The winning numbers represented his parents' birth dates.
He worked at New Process Gear in East Syracuse. Three employees at the plant won a $26 million Mega Millions drawing in 2010.
After his lottery win, Loveless opted for the lump sum payment. After taxes, he will receive more than $19.5 million. With his winnings, Loveless said he will pay off his mortgage and his daughter's student loans. He also wants to finish work on his garage.