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New York Lottery awards $26.6 million in prize checks to 3 big winners

Nov 11, 2018, 8:04 am

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NEW YORK — Three lucky New Yorkers came forward to receive their winnings Wednesday as they became the state's newest lottery millionaires.

The New York Lottery distributed $26.6 million in prize checks at its customer service center in Manhattan.

The biggest prize went to 42-year-old Kimberly To-Mejia of Staten Island, who was the sole winner of the $11.6 million jackpot from the September 22 Lotto drawing.

She said she normally plays Powerball and Mega Millions but playing a different game paid off in a big way.

"I wasn't winning anything on Powerball or Mega Millions, so I decided to give Lotto a try," said To-Mejia. "I checked my ticket a few weeks after the drawing and couldn't believe my eyes!"

Choosing to receive her prize as a one-time lump sum payment, her net check totaled about $4.7 million.

To-Mejia said she would use the money to take care of her children and take a long European vacation.

The winning ticket was purchased at the 86th Street Grocery and Snacks in Brooklyn.

Another winner was Janet Pruitt from Brooklyn, who won $75 on some Lottery scratch-off tickets and decided to use the winnings to buy two more $350,000,000 Cash Spectacular tickets.

One of those tickets contained the jackpot winning combination, earning Pruitt $10 million. Pruitt will receive a net check totaling $6,330,400 after required withholdings.

She said she will use some of the money to take her family to Africa.

Pruitt purchased her ticket at the Lex Newsstand on Lexington Avenue in Manhattan.

33-year-old Grigoriy Shuba from Brooklyn won the $5 million top prize on the Set for Life scratch-off game.

Shuba purchased his ticket at Quentin Grocery at 1690 East 16th Street in Brooklyn.

He said he is still in shock and has not yet decided how to spend his winnings.

WABC

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Early bird catches the worm.

Thank you Todd for starting the week off right with another great feel good story.

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    3 more folks that defied the odds and won !.. Congrats to each of them Thumbs Up

    Integrity: There is just no substitute.

      LottoBux's avatar - ryn8iCO
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      Three lucky New Yorkers came forward to receive their winnings Wednesday as they became the state's newest lottery millionaires.

      The New York Lottery distributed $26.6 million in prize checks at its customer service center in Manhattan.

      The biggest prize went to 42-year-old Kimberly To-Mejia of Staten Island, who was the sole winner of the $11.6 million jackpot from the September 22 Lotto drawing.

      She said she normally plays Powerball and Mega Millions but playing a different game paid off in a big way.

      "I wasn't winning anything on Powerball or Mega Millions, so I decided to give Lotto a try," said To-Mejia. "I checked my ticket a few weeks after the drawing and couldn't believe my eyes!"

      Choosing to receive her prize as a one-time lump sum payment, her net check totaled about $4.7 million.

      To-Mejia said she would use the money to take care of her children and take a long European vacation.

      The winning ticket was purchased at the 86th Street Grocery and Snacks in Brooklyn.

      Another winner was Janet Pruitt from Brooklyn, who won $75 on some Lottery scratch-off tickets and decided to use the winnings to buy two more $350,000,000 Cash Spectacular tickets.

      One of those tickets contained the jackpot winning combination, earning Pruitt $10 million. Pruitt will receive a net check totaling $6,330,400 after required withholdings.

      She said she will use some of the money to take her family to Africa.

      Pruitt purchased her ticket at the Lex Newsstand on Lexington Avenue in Manhattan.

      33-year-old Grigoriy Shuba from Brooklyn won the $5 million top prize on the Set for Life scratch-off game.

      Shuba purchased his ticket at Quentin Grocery at 1690 East 16th Street in Brooklyn.

      He said he is still in shock and has not yet decided how to spend his winnings.

      First Winner  $11.6 Mil    Net  $4.7 Mil

      2nd Winner   $10 Mil       Net $6.33 Mil

      What Would The Net Be On $5 Mil Prize Amt After Taxes? (Lump Sum)

      Congrats To All 3 Winners

                       

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        First Winner  $11.6 Mil    Net  $4.7 Mil

        2nd Winner   $10 Mil       Net $6.33 Mil

        What Would The Net Be On $5 Mil Prize Amt After Taxes? (Lump Sum)

        Congrats To All 3 Winners

        Net on $5M? A few bucks for the Bridge toll.

        After all, it's New York.

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          And this is proof that it’s way too easy to win in New York.

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            And this is proof that it’s way too easy to win in New York.

            Chair

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              A European vacation!  An African vacation! and an unknown destination. 

               I hope all of them create wonderful memories that will last a lifetime. 

               Be safe.Blue Angel

               "We are all in this together!" 

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                Chair

                LOL

                Green laugh

                CAN'T WIN IF YOU'RE NOT IN

                A DOLLAR AND A DREAM (OR $2)

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                  The store that sold the $11.6 mil NY Lotto ticket is a store where I buy my tickets.

                  Too bad it wasn't me, but like they say..."there's always next time!"

                  I wonder why the $10 mil ticket netted more than the $11.6 mil ticket.

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                    And this is proof that it’s way too easy to win in New York.

                    3 people winning is proof the NY lottery is too easy?  I think the NY lottery is one of the better ones in the US since they use physical balls for all their drawings.

                    Only my hairdresser knows for sure.

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                      Congratulation to all three winners.  Nice story Todd. Love happy ending.  Party

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                        And this is proof that it’s way too easy to win in New York.

                        No, it's evidence of the fact that millions of people live in New York, many of whom play the lottery.

                        If you could convince every single person in Nebraska to spend every dollar they have on the lottery, Nebraska would be beating NY in lottery winner count.

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                          I was just watching Yolanda award the big Power Ball winner.It was sad the guy after all taxes and crap .The guy banked only $125,396,690.00 from $343,000,000.00 with 2 winners starting at $688,000,000.00,...sad the taxman sucks.

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