Local Business Owner 45 Million Dollars Richer!

By Mike Trim

July 22, 2010 Updated Aug 1, 2006 at 11:41 PM EDT

"And let's give her a big round of applause! 45 million dollars!"

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" says Hrywnak.

Hrywnak won the June 28th 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!" says Hrywnak.

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.

While having lunch with a co-worker, she took her ticket to 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," says Sinicki.

Hrywnak is part owner of Heavenly Ham here on Oakdale Road in Johnson City.

And while she's tight lipped about the businesses future, she's making one thing clear: you won't see her for a while because she's taking a little vacation.

Hrywnak's family will join her.

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

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

Hrywnak says she held off on the announcement until today because she didn't want to upstage a friends wedding last week.

She chose to receive a lump sum payment of a little more than 22 million dollars.

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