BALLSTON, N.Y. (KDKA) — A 19-year-old man asked his friend to get him a $10 scratch-off ticket and ended up winning the top prize — a million dollars.
CBS affiliate WRGB reports that lottery winner Anthony Iavarone is a self-employed landscaper and will take home $661,800 after taxes.
Iavarone told WRGB that his friend purchased the ticket for him.
“One of my friends was coming down here to get some drinks, so I asked him to get me a ticket,” Iavarone said.
He said his aunt has been playing the same ticket for years and has had a little bit of luck, so he thought he might get lucky, too.
WRGB says Iavarone plans to expand his landscaping business and buy a new truck with his winnings.