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Retired Brooklyn bus driver hits $7M Cash4Life jackpot

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The next stop for this retired Brooklyn bus driver is Easy Street.

Frederick McClendon claimed his $7 million prize Tuesday in the New York Lottery's Cash4Life draw game.

"I usually play the Powerball or Mega Millions games," said McClendon, who says he spent 15 years driving a bus in Brooklyn and the Bronx. "Instinct told me to buy a Cash4Life ticket this time."

McClendon said he bought his ticket to a bright new future on Nov. 24 when he walked into MX Wines & Spirits in Halsey St. in Brooklyn.

"Just happened to buy a Quick Pick," he said. "I cried. My first reaction was, I cried. Tears of joy."

A few days after the drawing, the wine store clerk told him someone bought the top-prize ticket. He checked his ticket and realized he was the lucky winner.

"I checked my ticket right in the store," said McClendon, who said he has bought tickets there off and on for many years.

McClendon said his family didn't buy his story right away.

"They didn't believe me," he said while standing beside his lawyer. "It's just like, you're lying."

Not anymore.

McClendon, who plans to take a lump sum payment that amounts to $4.3 million after withholdings, said he plans to help his family and put aside some college money for his kids.

"It's about my family," he said. "I love my family."

Asked if he'll take public transportation again, McClendon smiled and said, "I have to, but I'd rather not discuss the reasons why."

McClendon is the 160th New Yorker to claim a prize of $1 million or more from 2014 drawings.

Lottery officials say there is still another $7 million Cash4Life winner out there who purchased the ticket in July at the Milky Way Deli on Ralph St. in Canarsie, Brooklyn — and has not collected his or her prize money.

Cash4Life is a multi-state game operated by the New York and New Jersey lotteries.  Drawings are held Monday and Thursday at 8:57 pm.

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Thanks to Leland for the tip.

Daily News, Lottery Post Staff

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Posted: January 29, 2015, 8:48 am - IP Logged

Congratulations Mr. McClendon.

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    Posted: January 29, 2015, 9:02 am - IP Logged

    Big time congrats

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      Posted: January 29, 2015, 9:20 am - IP Logged

      Ralph Kramden : Hey Alice, just wait til you see how this furniture looks in a park ave apartment ! LOL

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        Posted: January 29, 2015, 9:22 am - IP Logged

        Nice win to end 2014.

        That money's gone fo ever

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          Nice win to end 2014.

          Definitely.  This game's first drawing is tonight in South Carolina.

          Life, love, family Love

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            Posted: January 29, 2015, 10:39 am - IP Logged

            Definitely.  This game's first drawing is tonight in South Carolina.

            The game is called Lucky 4 life. I guess it's the same concept, just a different name.

            Life, love, family Love

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              The game is called Lucky 4 life. I guess it's the same concept, just a different name.

              Thumbs Up Good luck. 

              I hit small prizes on this game more often than I do on the 2 big games

              That money's gone fo ever

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                Good for Mr. McClendon glad to see another guy hit easy street. (c8

                Yesterday is History, Tomorrow is a Mystery, Today is a gift that's why it's called the PRESENT! (c8

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                  Posted: January 29, 2015, 11:31 am - IP Logged

                  Congratulations to the lucky winner.

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                    Posted: January 29, 2015, 12:50 pm - IP Logged

                    Good for you man, be wise, relax and try to enjoy. Happy for you brother. Be smart and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!!!

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                      Posted: January 29, 2015, 1:17 pm - IP Logged

                      Im not buying it. The lottery is not real.

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                        Posted: January 29, 2015, 1:34 pm - IP Logged

                        Im not buying it. The lottery is not real.

                        How so?

                         

                        Congrats to Frederick McClendon on his nice win! Cheers

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                          How so?

                           

                          Congrats to Frederick McClendon on his nice win! Cheers

                          They hire actors and pay them a small amount to appear as winners with the promise that he or she wont open their mouth to talk about it or they will be killed if they expose the truth.

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                            They hire actors and pay them a small amount to appear as winners with the promise that he or she wont open their mouth to talk about it or they will be killed if they expose the truth.

                            Really?

                            You create an account just to log on and spill your crap?

                            LOL. You are simply a troll. Now do something constructive like clean your mom and dad's basement you're living in.

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