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NY hospital orderly wins $20 million lottery jackpot

May 16, 2014, 8:16 am

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Sweet dreams are made of this — a $20 million lottery ticket.

Long Island, New York, hospital worker Cameron Finney was so stunned over winning the Mega Millions jackpot he slept with the ticket under his pillow for two days.

Then he realized there was a better place for it.

"I went to the bank to put it in a safety deposit box — after I slept with it for two days," Finney, 48, said after coming forward to claim the prize Thursday.

The married Southampton father's life was forever changed after he ate a chicken dinner with his wife at Popeye's on March 25.

On their way home, Finney bought $4 worth of quick pick tickets at a Gascon gas station in Coram.

The next morning, while checking the tickets at a convenience store near his home, a clerk told him he won $1 million.

"I just kept saying, 'Oh my God. I won a million dollars,'" recalled Finney who rarely plays the lottery. "I can live on a million dollars."

He immediately called his wife, Donna, a Cablevision executive specialist. But she wasn't buying it.

"My wife kept saying, 'Quit playing. Quit playing. We didn't win,'" Finney said.

After hanging up with his dubious spouse, Finney received even better news.

"The clerk went over it again and said, 'Oh my god. You won $20 million.'"

Finney's jaw dropped. He called his wife back but again she thought he was just yanking her chain.

So Finney passed the phone to a random customer who confirmed that she and her husband were now multimillionaires.

"I didn't believe the man," Donna Finney said. "I was like, 'I don't know you. As far as I know, my husband could have paid you.'"

But there was no doubt Thursday as Finney, Donna and their 23-year-old daughter, Christina, were presented with an oversized check worth $20 million at lottery office in Plainview.

Finney has opted to take the lump sum of $7.4 million after taxes.

Finney is planning to purchase a home in East Quogue as a gift to his wife and a new Dodge Ram to replace the one they wrecked last year.

He also has his sights set on a more luxurious vehicle.

"I always wanted a Bentley so now I'm going to buy a Bentley after I buy my wife a house," Finney said.

He's planning on quitting his job as a Southampton Hospital orderly and is still trying to figure out how to deal with his newfound popularity.

"My phone is constantly ringing," Finney said. "Before I won, nobody called."

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surimaribo24's avatar - photo11 zpsfffd70be.jpg
United States
Member #106366
February 17, 2011
9716 Posts

Congrats to the winner. He better invest some of the money that will make him some money. 

Home in east quoque runs to a mil and also the tax alone could dry you out in a few years .


    pickone4me's avatar - lightbulb
    United States
    Member #104957
    January 23, 2011
    1153 Posts

    "I went to the bank to put it in a safety deposit box"  Anything you put into the bank, the bank considers as "theirs".  Think about what happened in Cyprus.

    Heres something else to ponder http://www.pbs.org/newshour/making-sense/is-your-money-safe-at-the-bank-an-economist-says-no-and-withdraws-his/

      RedStang's avatar - laughing chimp.gif
      United States
      Member #121955
      January 21, 2012
      3169 Posts

      This is why i always buy a ticket even when the jackpot is low.

        dr65's avatar - black panther.jpg
        United States
        Member #74094
        May 2, 2009
        24135 Posts

        3rd line down was the winner...would have been nice to know in the article.

        Qp's - nothing wrong with them at all...when it can win a multi-million dollar jp, I'll play them anyday!

        Wonder how the clerk thought it was just a million? Wouldn't it tell them on the screen??

        Excellent win and a HUGE WTG!! Great story...especially the part about sleeping with the ticket under his pillow.

        He probably didn't sleep at all.

        369 1009 1109 1099 110/011/101 

          Jani Norman's avatar - fiftyways
          United States
          Member #4164
          March 27, 2004
          14585 Posts

          As young as he looks and he's quitting his job already to live the good life as he puts it, only hope we are not reading about you 5 years from now in debt.

          It can all happen so fast......






          "I am what I am by the grace of God."



            Marilyn222's avatar - thumb 350-286546.jpg
            United States
            Member #117679
            October 12, 2011
            552 Posts

            Awwww....'love his story! I wish him more to come...

            White Bounce

              * In hot pursuit of $ *
              White Shores- California
              United States
              Member #136471
              December 12, 2012
              6812 Posts

              Congrats to the winner. He better invest some of the money that will make him some money. 

              Home in east quoque runs to a mil and also the tax alone could dry you out in a few years .

              I Agree!

              l hope this fine gentlemen " counts the cost" before going out and doing what he says he will do.

              Nevertheless !!!


                mrcraft's avatar - waveform
                Los Angeles, California
                United States
                Member #149486
                December 2, 2013
                919 Posts


                Based on this article, I hope you get a good financial adviser.  Best of luck.

                  dallascowboyfan's avatar - chi
                  United States
                  Member #82389
                  November 12, 2009
                  6371 Posts

                  Congratulation Mr FinneyThumbs Up

                  I Love Pink & Green 1908

                    donnie713's avatar - Lottery-043.jpg
                    South Euclid, Ohio
                    United States
                    Member #93135
                    June 22, 2010
                    82 Posts

                    Way to go on your new windfall. Hopefully, he invests wisely:-)

                      Drenick1's avatar - villiarna
                      United States
                      Member #152792
                      February 25, 2014
                      1111 Posts

                      He better seek financial help before he even buys a house or Bentley. Next year he will owe close to $1.6 million more so his windfall will drop to about $5.7 million. If he doesn't go crazy, that amount should last him the rest of his life. Assuming he wants to play it safe and puts it in the bank to collect interest, he should have about 150k in principal to spend every year for the next 40 years.

                      $150k today will probably be worth somewhere in the $30k range 30-40 years from now.

                        ThatScaryChick's avatar - giphy11resized
                        United States
                        Member #56504
                        November 21, 2007
                        7860 Posts

                        Congrats to Mr. Finney on his win! He probably should get a new and unlisted phone number though. He's probably going to get tired of all those phone calls.

                        "twitter - youtube - steam - instagram"


                          savagegoose's avatar - ProfilePho
                          adelaide sa
                          Member #37135
                          April 11, 2006
                          3341 Posts


                          Based on this article, I hope you get a good honest financial adviser.  Best of luck.


                          there i fixed it for you

                          " Still swinging, still missing "
                          2014 = -1016; 2015= -1409; 2016  = -1171; 2017 = -1257 ; 2018 = - 1380 =  TOT =  - 6233

                          keno historic = -2291 ; 2015= -603; 2016= -424; 2017 =-427; 2018= -223   TOT = -3968


                            SammyJoe10's avatar - disney37
                            Middle of Nowhere NC
                            United States
                            Member #151282
                            January 12, 2014
                            465 Posts

                            Congrats to the lucky winner! Change your phone number, move to a lower COL state, invest most of it, and enjoy yourself!