Twenty-five year old Tanya Lewis spent the summer collecting game pieces with each purchase from Shaw's supermarket.
After sifting through hundreds, she found the final piece she needed with just two days to go. "When I saw that ticket, my gut knew, but I definitely didn't know for sure," she said.
The Colchester Shaw's confirmed her million-dollar win, which Tanya says still hasn't sunk in. She does know how she'll spend at least a portion of her new-found wealth. "Purchasing a house is the first investment. I haven't traveled much, and so I hope to go traveling with my boyfriend -- some kind of vacation," She said.
Reporter Kyle Midura: Have you ever even won one of those big Macs at McDonalds before?
Tanya Lewis: I'm not a winner. I try to be as much as I can but nothing ever happens to me. I never win anything.
Fellow shoppers say they don't think their luck will change, but most will keep playing.
"I wish I were that lucky, I really do," said Paula Bradley of Grand Isle.
"I feel as though if you don't play you definitely won't win," said Lou Johnson of Winooski.
Lewis says she plans on continuing to work her regular job despite her recent luck. She has decided to receive her million in 33-thousand dollar installments over 30 years, instead of a lump sum of just more than half-a-million.
Reporter Kyle Midura: What option would you take?
Shopper Justin Holley: "I'd take it all at once and invest it differently.
Financial planners say waiting is the safe choice, but taking it all is the right choice, if you're confident you can earn a return of more than six percent.
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