New York, New York…it’s a Wonderful Lottery Town

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Oh man, I love telling you about stuff like this.

Lottery is all about hope and persistence…and sometimes, really cool things happen to people who need help NOW. Witness these two big winners from the New York City area.

Born in the Dominican Republic, Joselito Cheppe Dilone has lived in Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood for the past 17 years. Until recently, the step-father of two was employed as a construction laborer for KG Property Associates of Manhattan.

It was a job he held for 16 years before the company went out of business earlier this year.

Dilone said he owes his luck to a change of heart. A loyal Win 4 player, Dilone said he walked into the Nathanael Beauty Supply on Broadway in Manhattan and asked for a Win $2,000 A Week For Life instant ticket instead.

I won $5 right away and handed it right back to the clerk for another (of the same) ticket, he said. I scratched the second one and almost cried. This is the biggest thing to happen to me in my life.

Dilone purchased his ticket on December 23, 2008 and claimed it at the Lottery’s Customer Service Center in Manhattan on December 26, 2008. Winners of the Win $2,000 A Week For Life instant ticket are guaranteed to receive a minimum payout of $2,000,000 to be paid quarterly. Dilone’s initial quarterly payment will total $40,000 netting him $25,801 after taxes.

His subsequent quarterly payments will total $26,000 or $16,771 after taxes.

Out on Long Island…

A leisurely stroll to the neighborhood newsstand for a Sunday paper and Lottery ticket turned into a near heart-stopping adventure as 70-year-old Vincent Droscoski of Port Jefferson, Suffolk County, scratched his ticket to reveal a $1,000,000 scratch off prize on his $500,000,000 Extravaganza instant ticket.

The 20-year veteran of the Brookhaven Labs Fire Department in Upton said it took a while for the shock to wear off, but now he’s looking forward to life on Easy Street.

The father of two and grandfather of three said superstition played a part in his decision to buy what turned out to be his lucky Lottery ticket. I’m usually a Take 5 player, he said. But, I looked at all the tickets on sale and settled on this one because my palm started itching when I saw it. I knew it was a money ticket! Sounds crazy, but here I am!

Droscoski purchased his winning ticket on December 28, 2008 in Port Jefferson. He opted to split the $1,000,000 top prize with his wife of 45 years, Linda, a retired Port Jefferson Elementary School Teacher.

The $1,000,000 prize on the $500,000,000 Extravaganza ticket pays out as $50,000 a year for 20 years. As a result of splitting the ticket 50/50 Vincent and Linda Droscoski will each receive $25,000 a year before taxes, netting each a total of $17,037 annually through 2029.

GAMES WE PLAY:
Tonight’s Mega Millions jackpot is a pretty cool $73 million.
Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot is even higher: $78 million.
And Friday night’s Euro Millions is 15 million Euros.

Good luck players. May we all be as lucky as those two winners in the New York City area.

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