Meet Matthew Carter -- Rochester's newest millionaire
Posted at: 09/28/2012 12:08 PM
| Updated at: 09/28/2012 6:40 PM
By: Ray Levato | WHEC.com
An 18-year-old Rochester boy played a hunch and turned $10 he won on one scratch-off into a $3 million win on another.
18-year-old Matthew Carter had $10 and a dream. He bought a scratch-off ticket for the $100 million Spectacular game at the Red Apple Kwik Fill on August 30 and claimed his prize later that day at the New York State Lottery’s Rochester office.
Matthew Carter was introduced Friday morning holding a giant check for $3 million. He said his brother asked if he wanted to ride along to get his paycheck with him
Carter said, “The odds of coming out here that day and what not are very slim. But hey, I'm holding the check, ain't I.”
His brother worked at the store, but doesn’t anymore.
Carter said, “Like I said, what are the odds of me coming out here with my brother. I was supposed to go to work. He said, ‘Do you want to come get my check with me and I said, ‘Sure, why not. Afterwards, you can drop me off at work.’ I didn’t go to work after that.”
Carter said he doesn't have a job at the moment. He grew up in the city and attended John Marshall High School but did not graduate, unfortunately he said.
And he showed he has a sense of humor answering a question from News10NBC’s Nikki Rudd.
Carter said, “I'm not going to just go and spend it in one place, like on a Cadillac escalade.”
Nikki Rudd said, “What about the girl situation? Now that you’re a multi-millionaire.”
Carter said, “Who knows?”
Rudd said, “Any girlfriends?”
Carter said, “I do, a very lucky one.”
Rudd said, “What were you doing?”
Carter said, “I was doing roofing. Now I can go back to school.”
According to the New York State Lottery, the $100 million Spectular Scratch-Off pays $150,000 a year for 20 years.
In Carter’s case, he’ll net $99,270 a year through 2031.