PULASKI — Barbara J. Krupke almost wasn’t Oswego County’s newest millionaire.
The Pulaski resident purchased the winning $1 million 25x the Cash scratch-off ticket May 20 at Kinney Drugs, 3783 Rome Road, only on a whim because it was next to a Set for Life scratch-off she bought first.
Mrs. Krupke, 77, went to Kinney’s that day to buy bird seed for three feeders in her backyard and decided to cash in $15 in winning tickets she had and bought a $10 Set for Life ticket and the $5 25x the Cash ticket.
With the latter ticket, she said, she liked the sound of multiplying even the smallest of potential winnings.
“I went to my car, scratched the ticket and couldn’t believe it,” she said Tuesday at the store, where New York Lottery officials presented her with an oversized check. “I started shaking.”
State lottery representative Magen MacDavid said although Mrs. Krupke saw that she won big money, she scratched the remainder of ticket No. 16.
Recalling the day she purchased the ticket, Mrs. Krupke said she drove home after the excitement in the store, didn’t call anyone with the news, and waited until just before dinner to sit her husband, Charles H., down to tell him. At first, she said, he quickly glanced over the ticket, missing the number 19 with the word JACKPOT underneath it.
With a second look, he realized his wife had won the top prize.
“That’s a $1 million smile,” he said Tuesday, as his wife posed for photographs with the check and an enlarged copy of the winning ticket.
The retired owner of Ponderosa in the village said she will share her $502,968 lump-sum winnings after withholdings with 29 family members.
“Chuck and I are very fortunate,” Mrs. Krupke said. “We have a great family. God has blessed us with success. The thing of it is we can do for the family what I really wanted to do.”
She shed a few tears, and said she is overjoyed to be able to provide added blessings to in-laws, children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
“It’s a lot of money,” Mrs. Krupke said. “It’s still sinking in.”
Just as meaningful as the winning ticket, she said, are the Kinney Drugs employees who help her and chat with her in the store each time she shops for various items.
As for how Mr. and Mrs. Krupke will spend their share of the pot, Mrs. Krupke said there is no specific plan.
They will continue to enjoy birding together and camping, from which they came into town Tuesday just for the news conference.
The enlarged winning 25x the Cash lottery ticket will be displayed in the couple’s living room, Mrs. Krupke said.
While she said she’s played the lottery for many years, her recent win is her largest yet.
In the past, she said, top prizes included $1,000 and $1,500 winners.
Here is a look at some of the north country Lottery winners throughout the past few years:
• Joyce Wood, Hammond, won $2 million on a Powerball ticket in May 2013.
• David Rounds, Carthage: $40,000 on a Take 5 ticket in March 2012.
• A $200,000 winning scratch-off ticket was sold in Clayton in March 2012.
• Douglas Ayers, Colton: $88,287 on a Take Five ticket in February 2012.
• John Giovo: $1 million on a Wheel of Fortune scratch-off ticket in September 2011.
• Mark Dicob, Lewis County: $250,000 in the Mega Millions game in September 2011.
• Linda Cihocki, West Leyden: $25,000 on a $2 million Richer scratch-off ticket in September 2011.
• Barbara Furney, Natural Bridge: $3 million on a Magnificent Millions scratch-off ticket in April 2011.
• William Traynor, Stone Mills: $1 million on a Lucky Tables scratch-off ticket in March 2011.
• Kate R. Willibey, Cape Vincent: $1 million from $1 million Match in 2009.
• Gail Gray, Redwood: $3 million from New York Millions in 2008.
• Donald Childers, Carthage: $1 million from Lotto Luck in 2006.
• Stacy James, Carthage: $1 million from Spread the Wealth game in 2006.
• Gary McGivney, Watertown: $56 million from the lottery in 2005.
• Roberta and Lawrence Carpenter, Sackets Harbor: $19 million from the lottery in 2003.