News Release
 October 22, 2019
CONTACT: Kathy Sautter
716 635 5577

(Williamsville, NY) - Today Tops Friendly Markets, in collaboration with the New York Lottery presented David and Claudia Yax of North Evans, NY with the largest jackpot in Western New York history - $80 MILLION DOLLARS! A frequent player of the Lottery, David purchased a $2.00 Powerball ticket at the Tops Friendly Markets in Derby, NY back on September 4, 2019. It wasn’t until 4:30am in the morning the next day when David woke up from his slumber that he decided to log on to the lottery’s website to find that all 5 of his QuickPick numbers matched plus the Powerball. He of course woke up his wife Claudia to tell her the news and they were in shock. Upon returning to the Tops on Erie Road in Derby David scanned his ticket which is where he then learned he was the sole winner of the $80M jackpot. Yax took the lump sum option, which means he gets a one-time payment of $38,498,567 after taxes.

Of course the burning question of what he intends to do with his winnings was asked by those in attendance at today’s press event to which David replied “travel, invest, and maybe build a pole barn where I can do wood working, that’s my hobby.” “Winning this amount of money is fantastic, but a little overwhelming," he added. "Our lives have changed 100%.” Yax and his wife are retired, he a former union carpenter.

This prize is the largest lottery win ever in Western New York, according to the New York Lottery. The prior largest jackpot was $33.3 million won by an Alden man in 1991. Just last week Tops in Greece, NY awarded a $1 million dollar prize to Jennifer Siekierski of Rochester, NY. Siekierski won on a New York Million scratch-off ticket


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