ITHACA, N.Y.—One unidentified person has uncovered the solution to Ithacans’ cost-of-living complaints: winning the lottery. A local convenience store sold a $1 million winning lottery ticket to the lucky patron before the July 18 drawing.

According to a brief press release from the New York Lottery, an unidentified person bought one of the second-place winning tickets at the Mirabito store at 600 North Fulton Street. The winning ticket is worth $1 million, though taxes bring that number down by a significant amount.

The ticket was the only winner during last week’s drawing. It is unclear if the prize has been claimed yet.

The Mega Millions is drawn each Tuesday and Friday, and the amount up for grabs is now up to $820 million.

Matt Butler is the Editor in Chief of The Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at