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NY insomniac wins $7.5 million lottery prize

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A Staten Island, New York, man won millions of dollars, thanks to a bout of insomnia.

Salvatore Gandolfo, 55, of Arden Heights couldn't sleep on April 1, so he got up and bought a scratch-off ticket that won him $7.5 million, he said on Tuesday.

"That night, I was thinking about someone from my past, someone who is no longer here," said Gandolfo, a former NYC Department of Finance worker.

"It was about 3 or 4 in the morning. I couldn't sleep. I woke up and ate breakfast. I put on my clothes, got in my car and drove," Gandolfo said.

The restless retiree hopped out of his Honda and paid $25 for a Silver Spectacular ticket at Richmond Deli & Grocery in Mariners Harbor.

"I scanned it and it said 'big ticket winner.' I thought there was something wrong with the ticket ... It didn't sink in. It didn't register in my mind," he said.

He added, "I was shocked when I realized I had won."

To celebrate, he gave a kid at the store a $20 bill and a second stranger a $40 winning ticket, he said.

Cash can help you sleep better — but Gandolfo still has trouble snoozing sometimes, he said.

He woke up at 2 a.m. on Tuesday because he was thinking about his family, he said.

He opted to take home a lump-sum payout of $4,672,800. He plans to spend his winnings to travel, buy a new Honda and help his family financially.

"I'm a simple man ... the one thing I always wanted was happiness. You can't put a price on happiness, but it makes me happy to help my family," he said.

Other winners announced on Tuesday include Michael Palmer, 29, of Brooklyn, who won $1 million, and a pool 36 co-workers from Bloomberg LP in Manhattan, who also won $1 million.

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Posted: May 9, 2014, 5:58 pm - IP Logged

Congrats to him! Cheers

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    Posted: May 9, 2014, 6:01 pm - IP Logged

    Very nice.

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      Posted: May 9, 2014, 7:00 pm - IP Logged

      Razz @ rotten insomniac

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        Posted: May 9, 2014, 7:03 pm - IP Logged

        Nice down to earth guy.

        Just as the bird sings or the butterfly soars,

        because it is his natural characteristic,

        so the artist works.

        by Alma  Gluck

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          Posted: May 9, 2014, 11:27 pm - IP Logged

          Congratulations to Sal and continued good luck.

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            Posted: May 10, 2014, 1:04 am - IP Logged

            Congrats! Hyper

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              Posted: May 10, 2014, 1:10 am - IP Logged

              Good for him!

              And surely there are people who were constantly telling him to get more sleep!

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              Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

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                Posted: May 10, 2014, 1:36 am - IP Logged

                Congrats!!! Enjoy your gift from the afterlife.

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                  Posted: May 10, 2014, 2:27 am - IP Logged

                  if he is laying awake at 2 am thinking about the past, i dont think the money is going to make him happy.Learn to  live in the present  pal.  the past  cant be  changed , and the future isnt here, I think  he will have as many sleepless nights  or more  in the future.,  but gratz and good luck,

                  2014 winnings

                  JAN -$48.50;  FEB  -$77.5; MAR -$18.05;  APR -$96.05 MAY -$61.10; JUN $-85; JUL $-88.90; AUG -$144.10;  SEP - $127.30;

                  yearly grandtotal1181.2      won=375.15   profit=-$806.05
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                    Posted: May 10, 2014, 3:21 am - IP Logged

                    Now thats a winner !Smile

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                      Posted: May 10, 2014, 8:29 am - IP Logged

                      My Grandma always said "the early bird catches the worm"!  Congratulations.

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                        Posted: May 10, 2014, 9:14 am - IP Logged

                        if he is laying awake at 2 am thinking about the past, i dont think the money is going to make him happy.Learn to  live in the present  pal.  the past  cant be  changed , and the future isnt here, I think  he will have as many sleepless nights  or more  in the future.,  but gratz and good luck,

                        I Agree!

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                          Posted: May 10, 2014, 9:21 am - IP Logged

                          My Grandma always said "the early bird catches the worm"!  Congratulations.

                          I Agree!

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                            Posted: May 10, 2014, 10:32 am - IP Logged

                            I'm guessing, he'll be buying more tickets w/o sleep...lol

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