Teenage Daydream? 18 Year Old Wins $1,000 a Week for the Rest of His Life


A friend at the New York Lottery sent me this note about a very lucky young man.

Seems like getting your car stolen isn’t always a bad thing.

A Brooklyn teen who was riding with his mom and uncle to claim their stolen car from an impound lot bought a lottery ticket when they stopped for gas that will pay him $1,000 a week for the rest of his life.

“We went to go pick up the car and stopped here for some gas,” 18-year-old Rob Salo, 18, said this morning on Coney Island Avenue in Brooklyn, where he plunked down $2 for the scratch-off ticket.

“When I scratched it, it was just ridiculous. I didn’t believe it at first. I thought it was a fake ticket,” said Salo, who will graduate from James Madison High School later this month.

“I had to ask them to pull over because I couldn’t drive and show them something like that. It was just a Kodak moment,” said Salo, whose last day of school was the same day.

“You’re in a dream. Honestly, you don’t know if it’s real or not at the moment. I couldn’t go to sleep at all. I didn’t know if I was hungry, I didn’t know if I was sleepy, I didn’t know anything at that point.”

As a top prize winner in the Win $1,000 A Week For Life scratch-off game, the lucky Sheepshead Bay resident will get $52,000 a year ” $32,398 after taxes ” every year for the rest of his life.

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