Fleischmanns residents win big in Lottery game for second time

By Brian Sweeney
For the second time in a little more than two years, a Fleischmanns family has struck it rich playing the New York State Lottery. Philip and Tracy Auchmoody took home a $45,000 prize in the Dec. 27 Win Four drawing. It was a great feeling for the couple, but the prize was dwarfed by the $1 million winning ticket that the Auchmoodys held in the Lottery’s Extravaganza game in November 2007.
“We used this prize to pay off two cars and we’re having a bathroom worked on,” Tracy explained.
Tracy said her husband had purchased the winning ticket on December 16 but had forgotten about it until he checked the Lottery results online at about 5 a.m. before leaving for work.
“He woke me up in the middle of the night and said, ‘You’re not going to believe it…’” Tracy recalled. “He said he had a premonition that he was going to win.”
The Auchmoodys are the parents of seven children, including foster kids, so they are well aware of money’s fleeting nature.
Tracy said that the Lottery prizes are nice, but she says the winnings have not changed their lifestyle.
She pointed out that the million-dollar prize is being paid out over the course of 20 years. Once taxes are paid, the money is a nice bonus but it has not changed the family’s lifestyle. Tracy pointed out that she’s a stay-at-home mom and that her husband helps operate a family-run retail stone business.
She pointed out that her husband has an unusual knack for winning Lottery games.
“Philip has always played. One other time he won $20,000,” Tracy said.
She said her husband estimates his total lifetime Lottery winnings at about $1.2 million.
The Auchmoodys have tried to be very careful with their winnings. Taking care of their family’s needs has always been the top priority.
“We’ve been doing some home repairs and paying dental bills, but we haven’t done anything very exciting,” Tracy noted.
Their initial response after hitting the million-prize several years ago was to take a family trip to Disneyworld. The realization that such an adventure would have a $20,000 price tag for the family put those plans on hold.
“People don’t realize all the lottery rules and regulations,” Tracy explained.
Still, the Auchmoodys are pleased to have won several significant Lottery prizes.
“We do feel very fortunate. It’s not enough to retire on, but it makes you feel comfortable. But our lifestyle has not changed,” Tracy noted.