After 15 years of working as a grievance representative for the Service Employees’ International Union local 32BJ, nothing could keep Edward Foti, 50, of Staten Island, New York, from finishing out his work day. Not even a $14,000,000 Lotto jackpot.
“I found out I was a winner, and I went back to work.” said the longtime SEIU employee. “I represent people who are out of work, so I have to do my work.”
The father of one purchased his ticket at Clinton News on Clinton Street in Brooklyn on August 17. Of the 10 number combinations on his Lotto Quick Pick ticket, the fourth matched all six numbers drawn that night: 18, 20, 34, 37, 42, 56.
“This is like getting hit by lightning ten times,” he said of his random turn of luck.
Foti elected to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum payment of $9,140,573. He will receive a net payment totaling $5,681,232.
“I vacation on the Jersey Shore, and I think it’s time for an upgrade,” Foti said of his plans for the windfall. “I would love a place near the ocean.”
What an awesome way to start the New Year.