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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