South Fallsburg Winner of $126M Lottery Steps Forward

MONTICELLO (AP) -

An upstate New York county of 76,000 people has gotten its second $100 million-plus Mega Millions jackpot winner in three months.

Real estate agent Tammy Pratt of South Fallsburg in Sullivan County was introduced Wednesday as the sole winner of the $126 million Mega Millions jackpot drawn February 27.

Pratt was between real estate appointments when she stopped for gas. She bought $4 worth of tickets instead of her usual $1 when she noticed the jackpot for the upcoming drawing had topped $100 million. She chose the lump sum payment, and will net about $54 million after taxes.

Lottery officials say the odds of hitting that jackpot were 1 in 258 million.

In January, a retired school principal from Wurtsboro in Sullivan County was announced as the sole winner of a $326 million Mega Millions jackpot drawn in November.