A woman in New York has just felt the amazing twang of delight that comes with becoming a millionaire with the international lottery. She won $1 million in the New York lottery and said that she bought the lottery ticket because her mother instinctively felt that she was going to come into a great deal of money. The rest is history!
The winner’s name is Joyce Derenzis and she’s from Harrison, New York State. Joyce was the winner of the top $1 million prize on a “Wheel of Fortune” scratch card game. She bought the ticket last week from Trotta’s West Street Pharmacy on Halstead Avenue.
Joyce told lottery officials that she often buys tickets, but on this occasion, it was her mother who urged her to go out and get a ticket. “I was with my mother who has Alzheimer’s. She was talking to me and thought my birthday was the 12th of February. She looked at me and told me I would win a lot of money on my birthday,” explained Joyce. Joyce said she felt compelled to play and so went to her nearest local store to play the numbers 2-1-2 for the draw on the game on the 12th of February.
When she arrived at the store, the first thing that caught her eye was the New York lottery Wheel of Fortune scratch-off game. She instantly remembered that it was her mother’s favourite TV show and so bought it. Joyce is a former waitress and bartender. She had to quit all her jobs seven years ago so that her mother had someone to look after her.
After buying the two tickets, she gave them to her boyfriend, Vincent, to scratch them. Vincent went into another room to do it. After a few minutes, he slowly walked back into the room. “At first, he couldn’t talk. I looked at the New York lottery ticket and thought the ticket had been misprinted or something. I went back to the store and asked the clerk to have a look at it for me. She ran around the counter and came over to hug me,” said Joyce.
Now that she has some money in her bank account, Joyce can take some time to decide how she will be spending it. She decided to take the money in the form of a lump sum with taxes being deducted. After the deductions, Joyce will be left with $536,058. “I can’t think, I’m blank,” she said. She said she wants to spend it on her children and the humane shelter.
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