New York Lottery Mega Millions
Richard Gusefski, 51, of Endicott, N.Y won a $1, 000, 000 Mega Millions prize from the Feb. 14, 2014 drawing. On Thursday, March 27, 2014, representatives from the New York Lottery arrived to greet Gusefski with a large check that represents his winnings. According to lottery officials, Gusefski was able to collect his prize following Thursday’s presentation at Weis Markets in Endicott, N.Y.
The day of the drawing was Valentine’s Day, and Gusefski went to the Weis Markets on Day Hollow Road in Endicott after work to do some grocery shopping. Gusefski said he saw that the jackpot for that night’s drawing was high, so he decided to buy a ticket. The advertised jackpot was $139 million. Gusefski, during Thursday’s announcement, stated that he also bought one Lotto ticket, and two Power Ball tickets.
The following Monday, Gusefski checked his ticket. During the presentation on Thursday, Gusefski said, “I was in front of the television and checked the numbers on my tablet. I saw the first five numbers, and then realized I was one off on the Mega Ball so, no jackpot. Then I checked to see what five numbers paid and felt pretty happy about the million.”
Gusfski’s wife Lori, who accompanied him to the presentation on Thursday, stated that she was in the living room with him, and when he went to check the payout, he just got quiet. “He didn’t know how much, ” stated Lori Gusefski, “when he got quiet, I wasn’t sure what the amount was either.”
Gusefski, who works as a software engineer for IBM Corporation, said his plans for the money include paying some bills and saving college funds for his six children. He also stated that he has no plans on quitting his job because of his winnings.
Gusefski claimed his prize on Feb. 21 at the Lottery’s Syracuse Customer Service Center.
When asked what he would tell people that are contemplating playing the lottery games, Gusefski stated, “Hey, you never know.”
Gusefski is the 33rd New Yorker to claim a New York Lottery prize of $1, 000, 000 or more so far this year.
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