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Parking garage attendant wins lottery, immediately quits job

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A New York City parking garage attendant hit the lottery jackpot, promptly quit his job, and now plans to hire his very own chauffeur.

Gregory Velez said he'll be enjoying life on Easy Street after accepting a lump sum $4.63 million after taxes Thursday from the New York Lottery, after nailing all six numbers in a Cash4Life drawing.

"I'm going to be like Arthur and get a chauffeur," joked Velez, 58, referencing the 1981 romance flick.

The three-decade garage worker has boredom to thank for his new found riches.

He was working his usual shift at a Battery Park City garage on Feb. 25 when he decided to head to South End News and pick up a Cash4Life ticket, because a clerk told him there was a $7 million drawing that night.

"I was kind of bored," he said. "I said to myself, 'Let me take a walk across the street and see what they got to play for tonight."

The 58-year-old Union, NJ resident isn't a regular lottery player, so he let the computer select his numbers on a $2 Quick Pick ticket — and didn't even bother to watch the drawing that night.

It was only the next day, chatting with his co-workers, they realized he might have won.

He ran back over to the South End Avenue newsstand, where the store clerk hurdled over the counter and gave him a big hug.

"I know you won!" the excited employee told Velez, who insisted they double check the numbers.

When they scanned the ticket, it came back that he had in fact matched all six numbers — 2, 16, 19, 33, 39, and the Cash Ball 3.

"I didn't know how to react. I thought it was $1,000 a week," but the clerk told him, "No, it's $1,000 a day for the rest of your life."

"I'm still in shock," he added.

After learning the big news, he walked back to work and quit. He then jumped on the E train to catch a bus back to his New Jersey house.

"I just got home and sat there and relaxed," Velez said, adding that he didn't even call his family until later that night.

He said he plans to pay off some bills, downsizing to a two-bedroom apartment in New Jersey and taking his two daughters and his 6-year-old granddaughter to Disney World.

"I'm very low key. I'm not changing," Velez said.

And despite working in garages for his entire life, he has no plans to buy a car of his own.

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Posted: March 31, 2016, 8:41 am - IP Logged

Really nice story.

You just never know when it might be your time to win.

CAN'T WIN IF YOU'RE NOT IN

A DOLLAR AND A DREAM (OR $2)

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    Posted: March 31, 2016, 8:43 am - IP Logged

    Congrats to Mr. Velez, I quit ASAP also.

    Did you exchange a walk on part in the war ?

    For a lead role in a cage?

     

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      Posted: March 31, 2016, 8:48 am - IP Logged

      Good for Him.  It looks as though the chauffeur won't be driving Ms. Daisy.

                                                   

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        Posted: March 31, 2016, 8:57 am - IP Logged

        WTG!! Good story!!

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          Posted: March 31, 2016, 9:14 am - IP Logged

          Really nice story.

          You just never know when it might be your time to win.

          Good for him but look what the article says, then look at the ticket...one number different.

          "When they scanned the ticket, it came back that he had in fact matched all six numbers — 2, 16, 19, 33, 30, and the Cash Ball 3".

          They must have made a mistake in the article about it....should be 39 for the 5th one.

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            Posted: March 31, 2016, 9:18 am - IP Logged

            WTG!! Good story!!

            Does he have to pay NJ taxes as well?  Maybe there's a reciprocity agreement between NJ/NY though I doubt it applies to lottery winnings.  CONGRATULATIONS BTW!

             

            Ironically in KY pick 3 last night the first three of my SSAN came in....018 (Mass. boy) and didn't play.

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              Posted: March 31, 2016, 9:18 am - IP Logged

              With good medical care, Gregory Velez should live up to a ripe old age. Congratulations on a $1,000.00/day win! Isn't this what we are all dreaming of.Smile

               I've been rich and I've been poor. Believe me, rich is better. 

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                Posted: March 31, 2016, 9:29 am - IP Logged

                OK , CAN SOMEONE HELP ME OUT HERE , PLEASE ..IT'S A 1000 DOLLARS A DAY BUT HE WALKED AWAY WITH $4.63 MILLION AFTER TAXS.. HOW DID THEY COME TO THAT NUMBER IF IT'S A GRAND A DAY ??PartyUS FlagParty

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                  Posted: March 31, 2016, 9:42 am - IP Logged

                  Good for him but look what the article says, then look at the ticket...one number different.

                  "When they scanned the ticket, it came back that he had in fact matched all six numbers — 2, 16, 19, 33, 30, and the Cash Ball 3".

                  They must have made a mistake in the article about it....should be 39 for the 5th one.

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                  Good catch!  I have fixed the article.

                   

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                    Posted: March 31, 2016, 9:42 am - IP Logged

                    OK , CAN SOMEONE HELP ME OUT HERE , PLEASE ..IT'S A 1000 DOLLARS A DAY BUT HE WALKED AWAY WITH $4.63 MILLION AFTER TAXS.. HOW DID THEY COME TO THAT NUMBER IF IT'S A GRAND A DAY ??PartyUS FlagParty

                    Winner can opt for lump sum payout as opposed to $1,000/day (paid in quarterly installments). If chose the lump sum, they base it on a twenty year term of payments. Present day annuity of $1,000/day for 20 years less taxes equals his payout.

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                      Posted: March 31, 2016, 10:40 am - IP Logged

                      A New York City parking garage attendant hit the lottery jackpot, promptly quit his job, and now plans to hire his very own chauffeur.

                      Gregory Velez said he'll be enjoying life on Easy Street after accepting a lump sum $4.63 million after taxes Thursday from the New York Lottery, after nailing all six numbers in a Cash4Life drawing.

                      "I'm going to be like Arthur and get a chauffeur," joked Velez, 58, referencing the 1981 romance flick.

                      The three-decade garage worker has boredom to thank for his new found riches.

                      He was working his usual shift at a Battery Park City garage on Feb. 25 when he decided to head to South End News and pick up a Cash4Life ticket, because a clerk told him there was a $7 million drawing that night.

                      "I was kind of bored," he said. "I said to myself, 'Let me take a walk across the street and see what they got to play for tonight."

                      The 58-year-old Union, NJ resident isn't a regular lottery player, so he let the computer select his numbers on a $2 Quick Pick ticket — and didn't even bother to watch the drawing that night.

                      It was only the next day, chatting with his co-workers, they realized he might have won.

                      He ran back over to the South End Avenue newsstand, where the store clerk hurdled over the counter and gave him a big hug.

                      "I know you won!" the excited employee told Velez, who insisted they double check the numbers.

                      When they scanned the ticket, it came back that he had in fact matched all six numbers — 2, 16, 19, 33, 39, and the Cash Ball 3.

                      "I didn't know how to react. I thought it was $1,000 a week," but the clerk told him, "No, it's $1,000 a day for the rest of your life."

                      "I'm still in shock," he added.

                      After learning the big news, he walked back to work and quit. He then jumped on the E train to catch a bus back to his New Jersey house.

                      "I just got home and sat there and relaxed," Velez said, adding that he didn't even call his family until later that night.

                      He said he plans to pay off some bills, downsizing to a two-bedroom apartment in New Jersey and taking his two daughters and his 6-year-old granddaughter to Disney World.

                      "I'm very low key. I'm not changing," Velez said.

                      And despite working in garages for his entire life, he has no plans to buy a car of his own.

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                      Congratulations to Gregory!

                      I hope Gregory seeks independent, professional financial and legal advice.

                      It may be a lot of money, but if not managed properly, it won't provide long-term financial security.

                      We all get a lot out of lotteries!

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                        Posted: March 31, 2016, 10:53 am - IP Logged

                        Good eye Vergie!

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                          Posted: March 31, 2016, 1:25 pm - IP Logged

                          Winner can opt for lump sum payout as opposed to $1,000/day (paid in quarterly installments). If chose the lump sum, they base it on a twenty year term of payments. Present day annuity of $1,000/day for 20 years less taxes equals his payout.

                          And I think you would need to be like 30 or under to take the 1k for day for life option.  Or if you think you could handle the 1k for day option better (some people are better knowing they will always be having money come in vs being giving a lumpsum and never getting anymore)

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                            Posted: March 31, 2016, 1:58 pm - IP Logged

                            Gregory said " l just got home, sat there and relaxed." You said it, enjoy your retirement Greg...

                            People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.