QUEENSBURY - On a work-break Nov. 2, Shannon Slater of Wevertown casually bought a scratch-off Lottery ticket and took it back to her job as Legal Recording Clerk in the Warren County Clerk's Office.
Scratching off the rubbery substance that obscures the letters in a crossword formation on the Double-Triple Cashword card, Slater was happy when she figured out she probably won $1,500. Soon after, she called her husband Chris, who was at his mother's house on his day off from work at the Warren County Jail as a guard.
Within minutes, Shannon Slater figured out that she hadn't won $1,500, but she'd probably won the $300,000 top prize - a hunch that was confirmed first by co-workers. Still unsure of her winnings, Shannon Slater drove to the new Stewart's convenience store at 1002 state Rte. 9 in Queensbury to have the ticket double-checked.
Yes, the Lottery ticket indeed yielded $300,000 in the instant-winnings game.
Returning to work, Slater was greeted by County Clerk's office employees who celebrated her good fortune with plenty of congratulations and elated chatter, Slater said.
"Everybody was like 'Wow,'" she said. "There were hugs all around."
Chris Slater was stunned by the win.
"At first, I didn't believe her - it was too shocking," Chris Slater recalled Monday. "I drove down to see her at work - and i gave her a big hug."
After Shannon's workday was over, Chris and Shannon went out to dinner at Red Lobster in Queensbury to celebrate, and Shannon had one of her favorite entrees - lobster.
Shannon cashed the ticket at the Saratoga Racino and deposited the money in their bank account.
The winnings won't change their lifestyle. Chris and Shannon said they'd continue in their jobs and not make any career changes.
The two didn't make any initial impulse purchases, but instead decided to apply it to bills and set the remainder aside for family savings, Chris Slater said.
"We're going to do what we can with it - it will help out with the bills," he said, noting it will likely provide a secure future for their 19-month-old daughter. "We have nothing set now for investments - we're waiting to see how things pan out - but we know it adds to our financial security."
Chris Slater said Shannon has indeed made some small investments since her lucky win - she's purchased a few more Lottery tickets.
Other recent Lottery winners include Wayne LaMothe of Bolton Landing, who won $46,251 in may playing a Take Five game; and Joseph Mannuci of Athol who won $25,000 in June on the Lottery's Fat Wallet instant game. Mannuci's winning ticket was purchased at the Warrensburg Stewart's store.