UTICA, N.Y. -- Spend $20, win up to $5 million? Well, a Utica man did just that!
Michael Shepard bought a "100 Times the Cash" scratch-off lottery ticket at the Price Chopper on Genesee Street in Utica, and that's where he cashed in on his winnings.
After taxes, Yolanda Vega presented him a check for $3,359,000.
The 49-year-old bought the ticket a few weeks ago when he was cashing his paycheck. He was quick to scratch the ticket, but took his time before telling anyone.
“I put it in a safe at my friend's house, and then I waited because I wanted to get some advice first and stuff,” said Michael Shepard, the winner.
Shepard is the 20th New Yorker this year to claim a prize totaling more than $1 million.
WKTV looked up the odds of winning on this particular scratch off – and your chances of winning $5 million are 1 in 4,152,960.
Your odds of winning $20, the cost of the ticket are 1 in 10. More information on what the chances are of winning other prize amounts can be found on their website.
By the way, a quick Google search says the odds of being attacked by a shark are better than winning $5 million on the game.