NY man dies weeks after winning $1 million lottery jackpot
Earlier this month, Donald Savastano won a $1 million New York Lottery scratch-off game and he was making plans.
Being a self-employed carpenter, I didn't really have a plan for retirement, Savastano told the New York Lottery in an interview. The money will help with that.... I'll buy a new truck, pay off some debt and invest for the future.
Just three weeks after he won, Savastano, 51, who grew up on Long Island, died of cancer.
Savastano recently had been diagnosed with stage 4 canc ...
Jan 29, 2018, 3:49 pm - Lottery News forum
NY couple buys $7M lottery ticket with leftover money after losing at casino
Meat wholesaler Leon Greenberg and his wife are $7 million richer thanks to a winning New York State Lottery scratch-off ticket.
Karin Greenberg purchased a $7,000,000 Cash Blowout ticket with money the couple had left over from a recent trip to a casino and hit the jackpot.
Karin and I came back from a trip to Foxwoods and had some money left over, said Leon. She went down to the store to play our daily numbers and splurged on a $25 ticket. When she came home with the $7,000,000 winner, ...
Dec 8, 2017, 10:16 pm - Lottery News forum
77-year-old crossing guard with winning $1M lottery ticket will keep working
For Richard Heath, there is only one way to start the workday: with lottery tickets.
Heath, a 77-year-old Syracuse native, said he became a school crossing guard after he retired from his job as a Pennzoil truck driver in 2001. He buys a handful of $2 scratch-off tickets every morning from a gas station in the Valley before helping children safely get to school.
Over the last 16 years, Heath said he has gotten lucky occasionally scratching off $40 or $100 winning tickets.
But he never e ...
Oct 20, 2017, 8:15 am - Lottery News forum
N.J. man claims $24.1M lottery jackpot just 2 days before expiration
A 68-year-old New Jersey man claimed a $24.1 million New York lottery jackpot two days before the ticket was due to expire after seeing a story on the evening news about how time was running out for the winner to step forward.
Jimmie Smith, of East Orange, went to his closet where an old, favorite shirt with a pocket full of unchecked tickets was hung.
Remarkably, the retired security guard found the lucky ticket he had just seen discussed on television.
I ended up with a stack a pile ...
Oct 12, 2017, 3:21 pm - Lottery News forum
Flashback: Winners are drawn in New York state's first lottery in 1967
The New York State Lottery is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
On Election Day in 1966, New Yorkers voted in favor to approve a constitutional amendment authorizing a government-run lottery, with its proceeds to be applied exclusively to, or in aid or support of education. It was the second state lottery in the nation, following New Hampshire's in 1964.
Plans for the first lottery drawing were finalized in April 1967.
One dollar tickets would go on sale on June 1 at hotels, m ...
Jul 19, 2017, 12:51 pm - Lottery News forum
N.Y. man's lottery fortune hurts home town state aid
Good fortune smiled on Richard Loveless in 2015, when the retired electrician won a $42.5 million lottery prize, but those winnings are bringing headaches to the Port Byron School District.
Loveless' winnings pushed up the school district's total wealth, as calculated by the state's school aid formulas. It bumped Port Byron from being one of New York's poorest school districts to one that's almost middle class, said Neil O'Brien, Port Byron's superintendent.
I'm thrilled he won. I play th ...
Jul 18, 2017, 10:45 am - Lottery News forum
New York seizes $20 million in lottery prizes from people on public assistance
New York state has reclaimed nearly $20 million in lottery prizes since 2013 from winners who had received public assistance in the last 10 years.
The little-known program, one of the toughest of its kind in the country, has grabbed back prizes from an estimated 30,000 winners in the last four years.
At least six other states have similar programs, but New York is the only state that seizes prizes of those on public assistance, experts said. Other programs take back unpaid child support pa ...
Jul 5, 2017, 9:27 am - Lottery News forum
N.Y. men arrested for redeeming winning lottery tickets for people in debt
Seven retailers suspended for colluding
Two New Yorkers were tossed behind bars in the state's first-ever arrests of lottery scammers accused of secretly claiming winning tickets for people who owe child support, back taxes or other debts.
Eduardo Moran-Barrera, 63, of the Bronx, claimed a total of 686 tickets worth a whopping $1.48 million in lottery winnings between 2012 and 2016, officials said.
Neil Ferguson, 50, of Manhattan, raked in $273,139 after claiming 91 winning tickets over ...
Jun 10, 2017, 7:40 am - Lottery News forum
Top N.Y. lottery winners probably lost millions
Millions of people play the New York state lottery every year.
None of them won big more often over the past eight years than a guy sitting at two out-of-the-way lakeside bars in Oswego County.
Randal Stier won Quick Draw prizes of $600 or more at least 1,400 times from 2009 through last year, according to data obtained from the state lottery by journalism students at Columbia University.
It's a total of nearly $1.6 million. Other players won more money, but nobody won big more times.
May 30, 2017, 1:13 pm - Lottery News forum
Meet the NYC men who won the lottery hundreds of times and collected millions
Includes video report
He can barely walk. He has one eye. But Enrico Del Rio is one lucky, lucky guy.
The 94-year-old Washington Heights man has scored lottery prizes of $600 or more an astounding 376 times between 2009 and last year.
His total winnings more than $1.4 million.
I seem to win all the time, the ex-Navy officer said in his cramped studio apartment, filled with crates of old lotto tickets.
My mother passed it to me. My family tells me I took all the luck.
Del Rio ...
May 28, 2017, 6:18 pm - Lottery News forum