Retired NY principal claims $326M lottery jackpot
A retired Sullivan County, New York, school principal drew the sole winning ticket from a $326 million Mega Millions game two months ago, making him the biggest winner in state lottery history, officials said Monday.
Harold Diamond, 80, purchased the winning multi-state ticket at a Valero gas station in Middletown on Nov. 4.
Diamond had 60 days to contact lottery officials, and the Wurtsboro resident finally did so just before Christmas.
Diamond was identified during an event at that Va ...
Jan 12, 2015, 11:37 am - Lottery News forum
NY lottery millionaire inspired by a dream
For Edwina Silvera, one dream led to another.
On Oct. 14, the 49-year-old West Haverstraw, New York, resident dreamed of her late father, who told her something special, a message she wanted to keep private, which inspired her to buy a scratch-off game that night.
Against long odds, Silvera landed the lucky $2,500 A Week for Life ticket and won the top prize of $2.5 million.
Normally I buy the $2 ticket and I decided why not splurge? So I did. And I'm glad that I did, Silvera told New ...
Nov 24, 2014, 9:34 am - Lottery News forum
N.Y. doorman who won lottery loses battle with cancer
A Park Avenue doorman who catapulted to fame after winning a $5 million jackpot has lost his battle with cancer.
(See Doorman who won $5 million lottery pot is battling lung cancer, Lottery Post, Aug. 13, 2013.)
Richie Randazzo died Friday, six years after a lucky scratch-off ticket transformed him from porter to folk hero. He was 50.
But the Brooklyn native's family says the moolah never changed him.
He loved being a neighborhood guy, and that's what he was, said brother Frank Rand ...
Nov 17, 2014, 12:21 pm - Lottery News forum
Auto shop owner finds winning $2.9M lottery ticket in his truck
A Long Island auto body shop owner just found out that he has been driving around with nearly $3 million in his truck.
Jerry Ritieni bought $20 worth of lottery tickets July 19, but instead of putting them in his pocket as he normally does, he shoved them into the center console and forgot all about them.
A month later, he was fishing around in his truck to find the keys to his Vermont home and found the Lotto tickets collecting dust.
He brought them into his office at Extreme Auto Body ...
Sep 5, 2014, 2:29 pm - Lottery News forum
NY senator in quest to print ads on lottery tickets
A bill from New York state Sen. Diane Savino allowing for ads to be placed on lottery tickets and terminals has passed the Senate, and Ms. Savino said it could raise hundreds of millions of dollars for education without increasing taxes.
The bill would allow for ads to be placed on Lotto tickets and Quick Draw terminals.
Ms. Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn) said that around 137 million tickets were sold in New York alone for the recent $654 million Powerball lottery.
Imagine if all thos ...
Jun 20, 2014, 8:30 am - Lottery News forum
New multi-state lottery game coming to NY, NJ
NY Sweet Million being canceled to make room
By Todd Northrop
The New York Gaming Commission on Tuesday agreed to roll out a new multi-state lottery game on June 13 that would pay the top winner $1,000 a day for life.
The lotto game is called Cash For Life and it will replace the under performing Sweet Million jackpot game.
Commission members voted to bring in the new lottery offering at a meeting on Tuesday in New York City. The new game would include New Jersey players, and other s ...
May 28, 2014, 8:07 am - Lottery News forum
NY hospital orderly wins $20 million lottery jackpot
Sweet dreams are made of this a $20 million lottery ticket.
Long Island, New York, hospital worker Cameron Finney was so stunned over winning the Mega Millions jackpot he slept with the ticket under his pillow for two days.
Then he realized there was a better place for it.
I went to the bank to put it in a safety deposit box after I slept with it for two days, Finney, 48, said after coming forward to claim the prize Thursday.
The married Southampton father's life was forever changed ...
May 16, 2014, 8:16 am - Lottery News forum
NY insomniac wins $7.5 million lottery prize
A Staten Island, New York, man won millions of dollars, thanks to a bout of insomnia.
Salvatore Gandolfo, 55, of Arden Heights couldn't sleep on April 1, so he got up and bought a scratch-off ticket that won him $7.5 million, he said on Tuesday.
That night, I was thinking about someone from my past, someone who is no longer here, said Gandolfo, a former NYC Department of Finance worker.
It was about 3 or 4 in the morning. I couldn't sleep. I woke up and ate breakfast. I put on my clot ...
May 9, 2014, 5:36 pm - Lottery News forum
$20M Mega Millions winner didn't believe lottery scanner
A lottery player scanned his tickets at a Shirley, New York, convenience store called JackSpot! and when the screen flashed BIG WINNER, he told the cashier, The machine is broken.
But it wasn't he was holding the $20-million Mega Millions ticket, the mystery jackpot winner sought by the New York State Lottery since the March 25 drawing, said convenience store co-owner Howie Frank and cashier Laura Marckesano.
He's not catching what I'm saying, said Marckesano, who scanned the ticket twic ...
Apr 4, 2014, 4:25 pm - Lottery News forum
Sick of traffic, man stops and buys lottery tickets... and wins $5 million
Thank goodness for bad traffic.
A Long Island, New York, electrician got sick of waiting in a traffic jam, so he pulled over at a gift shop to buy scratch-off tickets and won $5 million.
Thomas Mainella, 62, was driving home from work in December when he hit a road detour in Plainview. Rather than suffer though the bumper-to-bumper headache, he pulled over at Sunny's Cards and Gifts to pass the time, he said.
He bought six Get Set for Life scratch-offs, sat down and started to play, he ...
Mar 12, 2014, 8:17 am - Lottery News forum