NEW PHILADELPHIA ‒ Archie and Denise Chenevey of New Philadelphia will be retiring a few years early after winning $50,000 a year for 20 years playing the Ohio Lottery Scratch-Off, Billion.
"We were a little overwhelmed," Archie said. But he added, "We're not going to quit our jobs, and our lives won't be changing."
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After mandatory state and federal taxes totaling 28 percent, they will receive $36,000 a year for 20 years.
Archie and Denise don't buy Lottery tickets frequently, but recently they were headed out of town for the weekend, so they bought some scratch-off tickets to entertain themselves when they got to their hotel. Denise was the one who scratched off the winning ticket.
"It was a shock," he said.
Where the ticket was sold
Marty’s Coaches Corner, 323 E. High Ave., New Philadelphia, sold the winning ticket.
Winning tickets are sold there frequently. In 2017, one of its customers won $10 million in the Lottery.
"We are No. 44 in Ohio for Lottery sales, so we sell a lot of tickets every day," said store manager Lana Bennington. "We probably go through twice as many as any other store around here. That's why we have so many winning tickets, just because we go through so many tickets.
"If it wasn't for our customers and the regular people that come in all the time, we wouldn't be selling the winning ticket."
Billion is a $50 Scratch-Off with a top prize of $1 million a year for life. As of June 7, there were four top prizes remaining in the game.
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This article originally appeared on The Times-Reporter: New Philadelphia couple wins big in Ohio Lottery