Broome County Lotto Winner

By Candace Chapman

July 22, 2010 Updated Aug 1, 2006 at 4:51 PM EDT

Mary Ann Hrywnak of Johnson City was introduced at Traditions at the Glen as the largest lottery jackpot winner in Broome County.

"It's like wow, and when I saw all my family and friends here, it's like wow! You know? How would you feel? It's like wow!" said Hrywnak.

Hrywnak won the June 28 New York LOTTO drawing worth 45 million dollars.

She bought the winning ticket in Brooklyn while taking a break from helping her daughter pack to move.

"I was having a hot flash so I had to go buy a lottery ticket. So needless to say, a hot flash and a dollar and here we are!" she said.

Hrywnak saw the lottery drawing on TV, but only caught a few of the winning numbers.

She knew she had some right, but didn't find out she won millions until a week later.

She was having lunch with a co-worker when she decided to check the ticket at a lottery retailer next door and found out she was a millionaire.

It's cash she will use to form a cancer research foundation in honor of her friend, Soyna Sinicki, who died of cancer.

"Sonya was a very very good person to our family and I miss her and this is a way to let her live on" said Hrywnak.

Hrywnak is part owner of Heavenly Ham here on Oakdale Road in Johnson City.
She did not talk about whether she'll continue running the businesses.

Hrywnak says she'll also share the wealth with family and people who helped get her business up and running.

For now, she is taking a vacation with her family.

"She always had the purse strings and now she's got bigger ones! So, I need some money!" said husband John Hrywnak.

Hrywnak chose to take the $45 million dollar prize in a lump sum payment of $22,156,831 before taxes.

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