How many of you think you cannot be a winner? Well this is what happened with Ajit Rana an Indian who is a Queens store owner. He heard a winning lottery ticket was sold at his smoke shop, but he at first didn’t even bother to look at his own ticket.
“I didn’t think to check mine,” said Ajit Rana, 44, who owns Bayside Supply on Union Turnpike in Oakland Gardens. when Rana of Long Island City finally discovered he matched the six numbers on the CASH4Life ticket, even his wife didn’t believed him.
“She thought I was joking,” he recalled after receiving an oversized check grand prize. “So I went home and showed her the ticket. We just kept checking the numbers over and over again. We were both totally surprised.”
Rana, who buys lottery tickets every week at the store, will get a net check totaling $227,410 every year for the rest of his life, according to lottery officials.
New York Lottery’s Yolanda Vega, who presented him with a giant check joked “I’m sure your wife is hoping you stay healthy!”
The winning numbers for the Nov. 11 2016 drawing were 8-11-37-41-54 with Cash Ball 4.
Rana is not completely sure how he’s going to spend the winnings. He plans to visit his family in India and buy a house.
Similarly another winner who owns a pizza shop Dimitrios Hatzisotiriou, at Lake Grove, L.I was revealed as the winner of the $1 million Holiday Millionaire scratch-off ticket.
He bought the golden ticket which was the final one he planned to purchase on his 73rd birthday.
“I spent $25 and won $50,” he recalled. “I didn’t want to spend the whole (winning), so I said I’ll play the $10 ticket … and won!”
Afterward, he jumped up and down and tried to call his brother, but his phone was dead.
The $1 million top prize on the Holiday Millionaire ticket is paid out as a one-time lump sum payment, totaling $661,800 after required withholdings. The money will go toward paying off some loans, as this is what is in mind of Hatzisotiriou.
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But he’s not sure he will continue to work. “I’ve had a pizza business for 13 years,” he said. “I will keep the business or give it to my relatives. They work there.” Also like Rana he’s looking forward to visiting his family in Greece.
Is it your turn now?