Craving For "Big Gulp" Turns Into $22 Million Mega Win For New York Caretaker

Fifty-two-year-old Janet Alnwick of Merrick, Nassau County, was thinking big when she walked into the 7-Eleven on Newbridge Rd. in North Bellmore looking for a “Big Gulp” and a Mega Millions Lottery ticket.
   
The retired saleswoman turned full-time caretaker said she’s not a regular Lottery player so no one was more surprised than she to learn she was the only player across 12 participating Mega Millions Lottery jurisdictions to match all six numbers needed to win the January 13, 2009 Mega Millions drawing for $22,000,000.       

“I play maybe once a month, $2 or $3 at most,” I am probably an unlikely winner, but a thankful one nonetheless,” said Alnwick.
       
Alnwick said she welcomes the opportunity to purchase “a few more nice things” for herself. Those “things” include more frequent vacations to sunny spots like Aruba and her beloved Sanibel Island and a new Corvette Convertible; “Gray and fully loaded.”
         
Alnwick purchased her winning Mega Millions Quick Pick ticket on January 13, 2009 at the 7-Eleven on Newbridge Rd. in North Bellmore. She claimed it the following day at the Lottery’s Customer Service Center in Garden City.
       
She chose the lump sum option and will receive a one-time payment of $15,182,885, before taxes. Her net check will total $10,347,136.
       
The New York Lottery contributed nearly $2.6 billion in fiscal year 2007-08 to help support education in New York State, over 13% of total state education funding to local school districts. The New York Lottery continues to be North America’s largest and most profitable Lottery, earning over $34.2 billion in education support statewide since its founding over 40 years ago.