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Four Lottery winners from Port Chester, Staten Island, Brooklyn and Bronx collect $1,000,000 prize checks

The New York Lottery’s Jina Myers presented prize checks worth $4,000,000 to Lottery players from Westchester, Richmond, Kings and Bronx Counties.  Three of the winners won their $1,000,000 prizes on New York Lottery instant tickets.  The fourth won his fortune on the Sweet Million draw game. 


Port Chester Landscaper Wins $1,000,000 on the Mega Millions Instant Ticket
Thirty-four-year-old Juan Carlos Gonzalez of Port Chester, Westchester County made a routine stop at his neighborhood store and left $1,000,000 richer.  Gonzalez was shopping at the Stop & Shop on Waterfront Place in Port Chester when he decided to buy a Lottery ticket from the store’s vending machine.  He chose the Mega Millions instant ticket and scratched the million dollar winner right there in the store.


“I won a couple dollars on a Take 5 ticket and decided to use my winnings on another game,” said Gonzalez.  “I liked the colors of the Mega Millions scratch off so I chose that one.  When I scratched off the $1,000,000 top prize I was shocked.  I had the store verify it and then took it straight home to my family,” said the father of three.


As with most top prizes on a Lottery instant game, the $1,000,000 prize on the Mega Millions instant ticket is paid as an annuity. Gonzalez will receive his prize in 20 annual net payments of $31,515 a year through 2030.


“This win will really help out our family.  We will buy a new house and save most of it for the children,” said Gonzalez.  “Once I get that taken care of I’ll spend a little bit on myself.  Maybe on a new car.”


New York City Department of Sanitation Worker Stops for a Soda and a Lottery Ticket on His Way to Work; Leaves the Store with a $1,000,000 Winner
Joseph Serao, 53, of Staten Island got the morning call that he had to come into work on President’s Day for some overtime and on his way in he stopped for a soda and decided to try his luck on a $500,000,000 Extravaganza instant ticket.  As it turned out, the call to put in extra hours at work turned into an extra $1,000,000 in is bank account.


“When I got called into work for the holiday I wasn’t exactly happy to go in, but by the end of the day it was certainly worth it,” joked Serao.  “I stopped for a soda and at the last minute decided to buy a Lottery ticket.  I scratched it at work and when I saw the $1,000,000 prize I just froze and started shaking.  I locked the ticket in my car and finished my shift as calmly as I could,” he said.
Serao purchased his winning ticket on February 21st at Olympic Three on the Queens Midtown Expressway in Maspeth.  He claimed his prize the next day at the Lottery’s Customer Service Center in Manhattan.  Serao will receive his $1,000,000 prize as $50,000 a year for the next 20 years.  His annual net check will total $31,077 after required withholdings.
“It’s all still sinking in but I will use most of it toward retirement,” Serao said of his windfall.  “I will continue working but maybe now I can say no to a few of those last minute overtime phone calls.”


Minute To Win It Lottery Commercial Prompts Brooklyn Woman to Buy $1,000,000 Winning Ticket
Forty-three-year-old Kecia Tyson from Cypress Hills, Brooklyn heard a commercial for the Lottery’s Minute To Win It instant ticket on the radio and liked what she heard.  She stopped at her local grocery store on her way to the subway and bought one of the $5 tickets.  When she finished scratching her ticket, Tyson said she liked what she saw even better.


“I scratched the ticket on the subway,” said Tyson. “All I wanted to do when I saw the $1,000,000 was jump out of the subway car and scream.”
Tyson purchased her winning ticket on February 13th at the Miami Deli Grocery on St. Nicholas Avenue in Manhattan.  She claimed her prize on March 10th at the Lottery’s Customer Service Center in Manhattan.  Tyson will receive her $1,000,000 prize as $50,000 a year for the next 20 years.  Her annual net check will total $31,077 after required withholdings.


“I’m still not one hundred percent sure what I’ll do with the money,” explained Tyson.  “One thing I have always wanted to do was get into the real estate business.  This win might help me do that.”


Bronx Man Wins $1,000,000 Sweet Million Jackpot
Fifty-six-year-old Clive White from Baychester, the Bronx is the latest New Yorker to claim a $1,000,000 jackpot on the Lottery’s Sweet Million draw game.  White matched all six numbers from the December 20th drawing to earn him his $1,000,000 windfall.


“I had a few old Lottery tickets and figured I would bring them in to see if any of them were winners.  I was just as shocked as everybody else when it turned out one of the tickets was a $1,000,000,” said White who works at an auto repair shop in the Bronx. 

White claimed his winning ticket on March 1st and will receive his $1,000,000 as a one time lump sum payment.  After required withholdings he will take home $621,540.


The New York Lottery continues to be North America’s largest and most profitable Lottery, contributing over $3 billion in fiscal year 2010-2011 to help support education in New York State.  The Lottery’s aid represents over 15 percent of total state education funding to local school districts. 


Lottery revenue is distributed to local school districts by the same statutory formula used to distribute other state aid to education.  It takes into account both a school district’s size and its income level; larger, lower-income school districts receive proportionately larger shares of Lottery school funding.