Vietnamese Immigrant Wins $1 Million in New York


The last time thirty-eight-year-old Hieu Tran saw his mother was fifteen years ago in her native Vietnam.

But now, thanks to some good luck, and the New York Lottery, he can go home again.

The South Buffalo, N.Y. resident is now planning a return trip to his homeland to pay her a long awaited visit and to tell her about the $1,000,000 Lottery prize he won on the New York Lottery’s “In The Money” instant scratch off ticket.

With my mother so far away, obviously I don’t get to see her as much as I would like, said Tran, the supervisor for Niagara LaSalle, the cold finished steel bar manufacturer based in Buffalo.

I have been hoping for a chance to get back to see her. Now that chance is here!

He said he purchased the “In The Money” ticket when it first came out in September of this year, because he liked the look of it.

According to the rules of the game, Tran will receive 20 annual payments of $50,000, or $34,075 net, after taxes.

Tran, an avid car enthusiast, said upon returning from Vietnam his first purchase will be a new old car.

I’m going to buy a Camero “ not a new one either “ so I can fix it up just the way I want it. The father of two also plans to take a trip to Disney World and save for his children’s education.


There was no jackpot winner in last night’s (Jan. 21) Powerball game so Saturday night’s jackpot rises to $25 million.

5 tickets matched the first five balls and each of them is worth $1 million.
Those tickets were bought in Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

14 tickets matched four of the first five balls AND the Power ball. Those tickets are each worth $10,000.

Overall, there were 488,524 winning tickets.

Congratulations to all of the winners.

Friday night’s Mega Millions game carries a $21 million jackpot.
Friday night’s Euro Millions game offers a 15 million euro jackpot.

Good luck, players.

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  1. Congrats to the winners! Although I didnt win, I love hearing great stories of those who win, and being able to do things that they couldn’t do before. God Bless them! Hopefully I’ll be the next lotto winner in your next article. Keep up the great work.


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