Retailer Buys Winning Ticket From Own Store

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Retailer Buys Winning Ticket From Own Store

09/08/2003
RUSSELL, N.Y. -- The owners of Grimshaw's convenience store discovered a scratch-off lottery ticket they bought from their own shop a month ago was a $5-million winner.

Kenneth Grimshaw said his sister-in-law, Nancy Grimshaw, started scratching off the ticket after she bought it last month, but set it aside on a countertop when she got busy.

She didn't completely scratch off the ticket until last Thursday, he said. Nancy Grimshaw and husband, Kendrick Grimshaw, have been co-owners of the store in Russell, about 110 miles north of Syracuse, for two decades.

"They are dumbfounded, simply dumbfounded," Kenneth Grimshaw said, adding they intend to continue operating the store. "I don't think it's really sunk in yet."

After taxes, they will reportedly receive $3.38 million, paid out over the next 20 years. They plan to keep the business open, Kenneth Grimshaw said.