The $24.1 Million Mystery Winner Claimed

A mysterious millionaire-to-be has come forward two days before the deadline to claim a winning $24.1 million lottery ticket, NY state gaming officials announced last week.

The lucky player purchased the winning ticket at Renu Corp Grocery & Tobacco in Tribeca on May 25, 2016 and claimed their prize on May 24, 2017.

Store owner, Bobby Patel says, “I don’t remember who [the winner was]”, claiming that he didn’t see their face.

According to officials, the winner claimed the prize at a customer service center in lower Manhattan.  The new millionaire said that news coverage about the unclaimed prize prompted them to check old lottery tickets. The winner found the lucky ticket just in time!

If the prize had gone unclaimed, the money would have gone back to the NY state lottery general prize pool.

 

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New York Man Wins $5 Million on his Birthday

A New York man got the best birthday present ever!  Patrick Clarke, a 28-year-old New York native, won $5 million on his birthday!

Clarke purchased a $10 “Set for Life” instant ticket on December 20th—his birthday.  He says his mom gave him some money as a gift, and Clarke knew immediately that he would play his mother’s favorite lottery game, “Set for Life”.

Clarke waited to play until he arrived at his girlfriend’s house.

“I scratched the ticket and saw a match on number 16 with the word ‘Life’ under it,” Clarke said.  “I started laughing and dancing all around the house!”

Clarke chose the option of taking a lump sum payment totaling $2,453,693 after taxes.

He says he feels blessed to have won the lottery and knows he won’t have to worry about money as much.  “There will always be something to worry about,” says Clarke, “but for once it won’t be about money.”

We’re so glad that Clarke received the best birthday present ever! Congratulations!

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