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New York LotteryNew York Lottery: Student wins NY Lotto

She's only 20, but a Queens college student can afford to throw herself one heck of a graduation party after hitting a $5 million lottery jackpot from a ticket she got from her dad.

Baruch College senior Beenish Tariq and her family now are looking to trade their Flushing apartment for a big house on Long Island - with a Lexus and a sports car in the garage.

But not before they pay those tuition bills.

"I had a mixture of feelings: shock, surprise, ecstasy," Tariq said yesterday at an announcement of her winnings at Manhattan's Carnegie Deli.

The finance major, who will graduate in May, has plenty of capital to pursue her dreams of getting an M.B.A. at Columbia University and becoming an investment banker.

And her 17-year-old sister, Nadia, can aim for expensive colleges such as Columbia and NYU, where she wants to work toward a career in corporate law or accounting.

"It has meant a stress-free future," said their dad, M.T. Qureshi, 48, a salesman.

The winning ticket came from Chucking Deli on 45th Ave., where Qureshi, a Pakistani immigrant, bought three $5 Million Instant Spectacular scratchoff tickets over Christmas.

The family waited months to collect the jackpot to give itself time to figure out how to handle the new wealth.

"We couldn't avoid it any longer," Nadia, a senior at Cardozo High School, said with a laugh.

Although it hasn't lined up professional advice, the family plans to save for a rainy day. "We're going to invest, that's for sure," Tariq said. "I am a finance major."

Meanwhile, Manhattan building superintendent Antonio Fonseca, 64, plans to retire and "winter in Portugal" after he and his daughter won a $28million Lotto jackpot.

Fonseca and daughter Ana Christine Melhor scored on Sept. 4 after years of spending $10 a week on Lotto. The father-daughter team plan to take the $14 million lump-sum payout.

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fja's avatar - gnome1

United States
Member #91
January 19, 2002
11932 Posts
Posted: September 15, 2004, 10:04 am - IP Logged

It can happen to anybody anywhere, thats why I play!

"Everybody has to believe in something...I believe I'll have another beer!"   = W.C.Fields                      

    twisted's avatar - underground
    New Jersey
    United States
    Member #2376
    September 25, 2003
    582 Posts
    Posted: September 15, 2004, 1:26 pm - IP Logged

    Hope she knows what she's doing.  If she is smart she will finish studying and understand that the amount of money she just won wont last her long if she starts spending it on cars, etc.  Invest invest invest, smartly ofcourse.

      United States
      Member #3676
      February 10, 2004
      425 Posts
      Posted: September 15, 2004, 7:12 pm - IP Logged

      Finally someone who isnt older than dirt!  Alright a 20 year old won, how about a 28 year old soon! I am going to drive to Iowa on Tuesday and unload heavy trying to hit the two for one promotion they got going for the 100k game, and then up to Windsor the following weekend to hit encore!  I feel lucky!

        RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
        United States
        Member #9
        March 24, 2001
        19830 Posts
        Posted: September 15, 2004, 7:48 pm - IP Logged

        after hitting a $5 million lottery jackpot from a ticket she got from her dad.
        She won the money, but an older person bought the ticket.  If older folks win more often, it probably because they buy more tickets.


         * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                     Evil Looking