New York Lottery winner doesn’t need to retire
Harold Diamond didn’t need to win the NY Lottery to retire.
The 80 year old former elementary school principal was already enjoying life in retirement.
But $326 million sure will help make life more enjoyable.
The winner of the $326 million Mega Millions jackpot, the largest in New York Lottery history, accepted the check Monday at the same Valero gas station in Middleton, N.Y., where Diamond purchased the ticket Nov. 4.
Diamond said he and his wife were driving to Middleton on Election Day and pulled over at the gas station because of bad weather. While the couple ate lunch, Diamond said he noticed the flashing Mega Millions sign and decided to spend $10 for 10 tickets of Quick Pick numbers, the Associated Press reported.
“I put the ticket in my wallet and forgot about it,” Diamond said in a statement released by New York Lottery.
Just a day later, Diamond said he was playing golf with friends when someone mentioned the jackpot-winning ticket was purchased at a Valero on Route 302.
“I thought, wait a minute — I bought a ticket there last night,” Diamond said.
Diamond, who retired as principal of George L. Cook Elementary School in Monticello in 1995, said he was “in a dither, a real daze,” when he realized he had the winning ticket.
He opted to take the lump-sum payment, which after taxes will total $130,676,438.
Diamond said he plans to help his family with the money and give back to the local community.