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N.Y. bartender bought $7M lottery ticket on a whim

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He'll drink to that!

A Bronx bartender won $7 million from a scratch-off ticket he bought while killing time at a laundromat — and now plans to spend big bucks on fishing gear, he said Tuesday.

"This is otherworldly. I never saw it coming," said Michael Moriarty — adding the astonishing news brought him to his knees.

"A lot of people say this is karma, but I'm nothing special. I just do the best I can," he added.

The 56-year-old cocktail shaker—who has worked at Tavern on the Green and Union Square Cafe — had just dropped off his laundry at Woodlawn Wash and Dry on April 12, when he decided to take a stroll.

He walked a block to Woodlawn Gift Shop on Katonah Avenue near 237th Street and bought a $25 Cash Blowout ticket on a whim, he said.

When he realized he had won millions, he lost his breath. "I bent over and grabbed my knees" so he wouldn't fall, he said.

"It was a glorious moment," said Mohamed Albasir, 23, who works at the gift shop. "He said 'Yo listen, come check this out, is that true? Is this really happening?!'"

"When I saw the 7 million dollars myself, my legs were shaking," Albasir added.

Moriarty — a father of three who has spent 40 years pouring drinks professionally— now has a good reason to raise a glass with pals.

"My coworkers were happy for me," he beamed.

He added, "Are there other more deserving people? I can guarantee. But apparently not today."

The first thing he plans to buy with his new cash is fishing pole. He also wants to travel with his daughters. "I'm a simple man," he said. "Taking care of my family [is] the most important thing for me."

Moriarty has also worked as a bartender at the restaurant Sam's of Gedney Way in White Plains.

He declined to say where he's currently employed.

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Posted: May 17, 2017, 10:09 am - IP Logged

He paid for the ticket. He deserves the pay out. 

Well done on the win, and catch some lunkers!

~~It often seems impossible, til it's done.

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    Posted: May 17, 2017, 10:26 am - IP Logged

    So easy so simple. Dropped off his laundry, took a stroll and the next thing you know, this tail shaker is $7 mil richer.Banana

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


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      Posted: May 17, 2017, 11:42 am - IP Logged

      So easy so simple. Dropped off his laundry, took a stroll and the next thing you know, this tail shaker is $7 mil richer.Banana

      Crap, maybe I don't win cause I buy online. Thud;)

      Good for him, and his very down to earth plans. Though I do see a sports car in his future.

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        Posted: May 17, 2017, 12:01 pm - IP Logged

        Either it's an illusion in the picture, or something wrong with my eyes, but If you blow the picture up, to me that scratch-off ticket looks huge. Comparing the size of the woman's left hand who is holding the ticket, it looks bigger than any ticket I've seen...lol

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          Posted: May 17, 2017, 12:11 pm - IP Logged

           The lady in the photo is Yolanda Vega the New York Lottery's representative. I do agree with your comment about the ticket looking bigger than any other ticket. It could be the relative position of the camera.

           This is definitely a good news story. Thanks!LOL

          Keep the good times rolling !!!  White Bounce

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            Posted: May 17, 2017, 1:46 pm - IP Logged

            lol, that does look huge

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              Posted: May 17, 2017, 2:48 pm - IP Logged

              Either it's an illusion in the picture, or something wrong with my eyes, but If you blow the picture up, to me that scratch-off ticket looks huge. Comparing the size of the woman's left hand who is holding the ticket, it looks bigger than any ticket I've seen...lol

              There's nothing wrong with your eyes.  It is huge... just like the big check he's holding, the ticket is an oversize copy of the ticket he actually bought and scratched.  That's done for ceremonial/publicity purposes.  G5

              About playing the lottery --  You will lose more than you win. Until you hit a jackpot.  Then everything changes!

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                Posted: May 17, 2017, 7:14 pm - IP Logged

                Congrats!!!

                Smile

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                  Posted: May 17, 2017, 8:21 pm - IP Logged

                  I give a toast to your good luck.  Love uplifting stories like these.

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                    Posted: May 17, 2017, 9:52 pm - IP Logged

                    I give a toast to your good luck.  Love uplifting stories like these.

                    Aye, Mr. Moriarity, another good story about the Luck of the Irish in New York Lep

                    Luck found him!

                    In if you are willing, Luck will find you too Blue Angel

                    Drink Up & Celebrate and be buying the bar a round or two, lad Sad Cheers

                     

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                      Posted: May 18, 2017, 5:36 am - IP Logged

                      I give a toast to your good luck.  Love uplifting stories like these.

                      I Agree! 

                      I hope to WIN soon!

                       I CAN'T WAIT TO WIN! Dance

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                        Posted: May 20, 2017, 4:31 pm - IP Logged

                        I'm glad he won. mid 50s, still young enough for decades of fun i hope, and lots of his favorite past time fishing, congratulations.

                        674=$6200  

                        8620(3x) + p3 =$7750

                        860= $6400 

                        7447= $6800

                        302= $3900

                         

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                          Posted: May 25, 2017, 6:43 am - IP Logged

                          A stroll he'll never forget while his clothes were in the spin cycle.