New York Powerball Winner of $136 Million, Almost Ignored Ticket

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Here’s a crazy story about a Powerball winner in New York.

It’s the story of Anthony Perosi, of Staten Island.

He’s a plumber. Or…he used to be. Before he won $136 million.

Perosi’s life changing story began March 14 with a routine stop at a convenience store on Staten Island. I was running some errands that day and stopped to buy my Powerball ticket, he explained. I picked my numbers a couple of months ago and have played them a few times before. They don’t represent birthdays or anything. I just picked them randomly.

A few days after the drawing I was talking with a friend of mine and she told me the winning ticket was purchased at the same store, he continued. I said that’s where I bought my ticket and she told me she heard that a school teacher won it.

With that, Perosi didn’t bother to check his ticket and left it pinned to the wall behind a pipe in his basement. That’s where I keep all of my tickets. I even printed out the winning numbers from the drawing, but never checked them against my ticket.

Six weeks later, on April 27, Perosi finally got around to checking his ticket. I was having some car trouble and had some free time that morning. When I saw all the numbers matched up I panicked. I immediately called my son and asked him to come over right away!

Anthony Perosi III came right over and double-checked the ticket. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, explained the 27-year-old. I checked the numbers on my phone and it has been surreal ever since.

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