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David Yax of North Evans is the sole winner of the $80 million jackpot from the September 4 Powerball drawing. Yax matched all six numbers drawn, making him the winner of Erie County’s largest jackpot.

“You’ve got to be kidding me!” said Yax. “I checked my ticket early one morning and immediately woke up my wife with the good news.”

Yax brought the ticket to a ticket checker to verify that it was a winner. “I ran the bar code and knew it was time to leave and call my financial advisor. I was very calm.”

The winning Powerball numbers for the September 4 drawing were 04-08-30-52-59 Powerball 02. His $80 million win makes him the largest Western New York Lottery winner to date. The previous record was held by Joseph Cotton of Alden, who won a $33.3M Lotto jackpot in 1991.

Yax opted to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum payment totaling $38,498,567 after required withholdings.

“Winning this amount of money is fantastic, but a little overwhelming. Our lives have changed one hundred percent.”

As for his plans for the money Yax said, “First, we’ll set up a trust and invest. We also plan to travel and just have fun.”

The winning ticket was purchased at the Tops Friendly Markets on Erie Road in Derby.

Yax is the 86th New York Lottery player to claim a prize totaling $1,000,000 or more this year.

The New York Lottery contributed $186,294,596 in Lottery Aid to Education to school districts in Erie County during fiscal year 2018-2019.

About the New York Lottery

The New York Lottery continues to be North America’s largest and most profitable Lottery, contributing $3.47 billion in fiscal year 2018-2019 to help support education in New York State. The Lottery’s contribution represents approximately 13 percent of total state education aid to local school districts.

New Yorkers struggling with a gambling addiction, or who know someone who is, can find help by calling the State’s toll-free, confidential HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or by texting HOPENY (467369). Standard text rates may apply.

David Yax of North Evans is the sole winner of the $80 million jackpot from the September 4 Powerball drawing. Yax matched all six numbers drawn, making him the winner of Erie County’s largest jackpot. “You’ve got to be kidding me!” said Yax. “I checked my ticket early one morning and immediately woke up my wife with the good news.”

‘It’s Totally Ridiculous!’ New York Lottery Winners Waiting Months To Cash Tickets While Service Centers Scale Back

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Cashing the winning ticket has become a real ordeal for some New York Lottery winners.

Some players said they’ve been waiting weeks, even months, to cash their winning tickets, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported Thursday.

Lottery service centers have scaled back operations because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“You win $900, you gotta wait four months for your money. It’s crazy!” said Pat Ferraro.

“I don’t see why we have to go through this,” said Grace Aliperti.

“It’s totally ridiculous,” Josephine Lanzieri told Aiello.

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Deborah Armstead brought her $2,500 winner to Resorts World Casino in Queens, only to find out the lottery service center inside is closed with no firm date for reopening.

Armstead questions how the privately-owned casino could pull things together to reopen, but the state-owned lottery could not.

“It’s unfair… Cuomo, you need to do something about this. You open the casinos, and yet we still cannot cash our winning numbers,” said Armstead.

With the office inside Resorts World Casino closed, there are no lottery service centers open anywhere in New York City.

“To me, it just looks like they’re just trying to hold your money. That’s what it looks like,” said Ferraro, who drove from Brooklyn to Plainview to cash a big winner.

The Nassau County lottery office is open by appointment only. Aiello checked the state lottery website Thursday morning and found the next available appointment in Plainview is right before Thanksgiving.

Winning tickets worth less than $600 can be cashed at any retailer. Larger prizes can also be redeemed through the mail or put into a service center drop box.

“I just don’t trust the mail,” said Ferraro.

“I would never do the mail-in,” said Armstead.

So, in New York, what used to be a simple walk-in process, may now involve a long wait or a drive upstate.

“Now I have to go all the way to Schenectady to cash my ticket,” said Armstead.

That’s 300 miles round trip to get her $2,500 winnings.

The New York State Gaming Commission sent CBS2 the following statement:

The Commission continues to examine how we can reestablish service within gaming facilities while minimizing novel coronavirus risk to both Lottery patrons and facility employees. We will finalize a process as soon as practicable. In the interim, Lottery Customer Service Centers throughout the State are open, albeit in a controlled atmosphere. The Centers accept guests on an appointment basis, with strict protocols regarding personal protective equipment and sanitization required to be observed by both patrons and Lottery personnel. Alternatives to in-person Customer Service Centers redemption also exist. All prizes $600 or less may be redeemed at any licensed Lottery sales agent. The Commission also maintains a full service Prize Payments Unit which processes lottery ticket claims that have been sent to our Schenectady office.

A spokesperson for the lottery told Aiello they understand the frustrations, and that they’re working to safely open service centers inside casinos as soon as possible.

They’ll be by appointment only.

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