The story goes that most lottery winners only find out about their wins much later, and they also claim their winnings later, as a result. This is the story of a lucky man who became $7 million richer on an international lotto game on Staten Island.
The winner is Eduardo Reyes and he comes from Staten Island in New York, USA. He won his $7 million fortune on a Golden Ticket scratch card but took a full week to go and stake his claim at the lottery headquarters.
Eduardo is a chef at a restaurant on Staten Island. It was on his day off that he decided to buy himself a scratch card from a liquor store. Many hours later, he got around to checking his ticket and discovered that he won a huge deal of money.
As one can imagine, Eduardo was in a state of utter shock. “I never thought I was going to win big money ever in my life,” he said. When it came time to verify his lottery win, he ran into a problem when the lottery machines in two stores couldn’t read his ticket. He wasn’t sure what else to do, so to get some advice from someone he could trust, he called his brother who advised him to go to Manhattan to verify it safely. The only problem Eduardo had, was that he worked full time and didn’t have the free time to go to Manhattan.
“I was working and I don’t want to miss another day,” explained Eduardo. He was afraid of losing his ticket, so he hid it in his cupboard. Eduardo, therefore, had to wait a whole week with bursting anticipation until his win was confirmed. This win is the latest big one in Staten Island.
Eduardo took his winnings in a once-off lump sum of $4,362,280 after taxes. Eduardo plans to buy a new house on Staten Island where he’s lived for 33 years after emigrating from Mexico. Despite having a huge amount of money, he says that he still wants to keep working. “For now, I think yes, I gotta keep working. Seventeen years the same work,” he said.
Would you keep working after winning the lottery?
The choice is yours! Play the lotto online today and reap the rewards tomorrow.
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