Welcome Guest
Log In | Register )
The time is now 4:21 am
You last visited November 1, 2014, 4:15 am
All times shown are
Eastern Time (GMT-5:00)

Sick of traffic, man stops and buys lottery tickets... and wins $5 million

New York LotteryNew York Lottery: Sick of traffic, man stops and buys lottery tickets... and wins $5 million
4.33
Rating:

Thank goodness for bad traffic.

A Long Island, New York, electrician got sick of waiting in a traffic jam, so he pulled over at a gift shop to buy scratch-off tickets — and won $5 million.

Thomas Mainella, 62, was driving home from work in December when he hit a road detour in Plainview. Rather than suffer though the bumper-to-bumper headache, he pulled over at Sunny's Cards and Gifts to pass the time, he said.

He bought six Get Set for Life scratch-offs, sat down and started to play, he said.

"The fifth one said, 'You're the winner.' I just yelled, 'I freaking won!' and threw my hands up," Mainella said.

He surprised his fiancee, Donna, at home that night by showing her the winning ticket, he said.

"I asked her, 'Do you believe in me?'" he said. "She said 'Yeah.' Then I showed her — and we hugged and kissed," he said.

Mainella opted to take a $172,000 annual payout and said he planned to keep working until he and his wife can retire together. He had no clue how he'd spend the cash, he said.

He was one of four Long Island residents who took home a total $12 million in Lotto winnings on Tuesday.

Sheila Esposito, 67, who works for the IRS, won $1 million from a Million Dollar Money Clip scratch-off ticket.

She and her daughter were so stunned, "We kept repeating, 'This can't be true, this can't be true!'" Esposito said.

Other lotto winners include Jan Graff, who won $5 million, and Glenn Sternkopf, who won $1 million.

News story photo(Click to display full-size in gallery)

NY Post

We'd love to see your comments here!  Register for a FREE membership — it takes just a few moments — and you'll be able to post comments here and on any of our forums. If you're already a member, you can Log In to post a comment.

21 comments. Last comment 8 months ago by Teddi.
Page 1 of 2
maringoman's avatar - kobold
Massachusetts
United States
Member #37433
April 14, 2006
2125 Posts
Offline
Posted: March 12, 2014, 8:25 am - IP Logged

Thomas Mainella's strategy is an unusual one. Congratulations! I think he'll thank Gov Chris Christie for a long long time lol ok I'm just kidding on that last part.

It's a futile effort.

    Avatar
    Keokuk,Iowa
    United States
    Member #116508
    September 12, 2011
    305 Posts
    Offline
    Posted: March 12, 2014, 8:32 am - IP Logged

    Congrats Mr.Mainella,you never know when or where lady luck will strike!

      Avatar
      New York
      United States
      Member #103603
      January 4, 2011
      2247 Posts
      Offline
      Posted: March 12, 2014, 8:54 am - IP Logged

      Congratulations to the winner. One can deduce that he is a frequent scratch-off player as each of these tickets costs $10. I consider it unlikely that a neophyte that was bored in traffic, would spend $60 on a whim on scratch offs. Goes to prove that you do not know when lottery lightning will strike, however.

        sully16's avatar - sharan
        Listens to the wind
        Michigan
        United States
        Member #81740
        October 28, 2009
        20080 Posts
        Offline
        Posted: March 12, 2014, 8:58 am - IP Logged

        Congrats to the lucky winner, only good traffic jam story ever.

        There's only one US Flag

          dpoly1's avatar - driver
          PA
          United States
          Member #66141
          October 16, 2008
          1453 Posts
          Offline
          Posted: March 12, 2014, 9:13 am - IP Logged

          I was going to try this, but we have no traffic jams in this 2 Traffic Light Town LOL

          Thud

          dpoly1 - Playing the lottery to save the jobs of those that build, transport, sell & maintain luxury items! -

           

          Eschew Poverty ........... Vote Conservative!

            Gleno's avatar - Lottery-001.jpg
            New Jersey
            United States
            Member #80354
            September 25, 2009
            294 Posts
            Offline
            Posted: March 12, 2014, 9:35 am - IP Logged

            Way to go Tommy!! Party

              pickone4me's avatar - 021414tvlies zpsa453b327.jpg
              Wisconsin
              United States
              Member #104966
              January 23, 2011
              551 Posts
              Offline
              Posted: March 12, 2014, 10:34 am - IP Logged

              Is this from the onion?

                Drenick1's avatar - villiarna
                USA
                United States
                Member #152806
                February 25, 2014
                478 Posts
                Offline
                Posted: March 12, 2014, 12:06 pm - IP Logged

                Can't understand why a 62 year-old would take a 30 year annuity? The story didn't mention any children so perhaps he felt no need for any dramatic change in his life. Must be well grounded and best of luck to him and his future wife.

                  Drenick1's avatar - villiarna
                  USA
                  United States
                  Member #152806
                  February 25, 2014
                  478 Posts
                  Offline
                  Posted: March 12, 2014, 12:07 pm - IP Logged

                  Is this from the onion?

                  >>Is this from the onion?<<

                   

                  Only if it was in California.

                    Avatar
                    New York, NY
                    United States
                    Member #13514
                    April 7, 2005
                    233 Posts
                    Offline
                    Posted: March 12, 2014, 12:40 pm - IP Logged

                    How cool!!!  Congratulations!!!!  So now that he won this new found money, can fiancee become wife?  LOL

                      DDOH937's avatar - Lottery-028.jpg

                      United States
                      Member #149603
                      December 4, 2013
                      193 Posts
                      Offline
                      Posted: March 12, 2014, 12:42 pm - IP Logged

                      Can't understand why a 62 year-old would take a 30 year annuity? The story didn't mention any children so perhaps he felt no need for any dramatic change in his life. Must be well grounded and best of luck to him and his future wife.

                      I was thinking the same thing tooDrenick. Its seems to be happening more and more these days. Maybe its prudence on their part? Maybe its a lack of faith in our financial institutions after the 2008 collapse? Maybe it avoids the vultures? Not sure, but i just cant see myself opting for an annuity.

                      Big congrats to him and his family non-the-less. I love the stories when the winners get their tickets by intuition or some random occurrence. I most certainly love when long time players get their due as well. Oh, wait, i guess that means i love ALL lotto winning stories then huh? LOL!!!

                      "It's good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it's good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven't lost the things that money can't buy." - George Lorimer

                        HaveABall's avatar - rocket

                        United States
                        Member #72448
                        March 18, 2009
                        987 Posts
                        Offline
                        Posted: March 12, 2014, 5:42 pm - IP Logged

                        Congratulations to Thomas Mainella ... a happy action alternative to negative road rage. Cheers

                        Having millions of dollars in my financial accounts means more, consistent fun for me.Lovies

                          Avatar

                          United States
                          Member #149827
                          December 9, 2013
                          483 Posts
                          Offline
                          Posted: March 12, 2014, 5:45 pm - IP Logged

                          Can't understand why a 62 year-old would take a 30 year annuity? The story didn't mention any children so perhaps he felt no need for any dramatic change in his life. Must be well grounded and best of luck to him and his future wife.

                          I cant undestand why these old people keep winning period. I'd like to see more of the under AARP range win LOL

                            rdgrnr's avatar - walt
                            Way back up in them dadgum hills, son!
                            United States
                            Member #73904
                            April 28, 2009
                            14903 Posts
                            Offline
                            Posted: March 12, 2014, 6:33 pm - IP Logged

                            I cant undestand why these old people keep winning period. I'd like to see more of the under AARP range win LOL

                            The old timers spend more money on tickets.

                            I heard they're starting a new game for them.

                            It's gonna be called Mega-Geezer-Bucks.