Long Island waitress wins $21.5m NY Lottery jackpot

NEW YORK – The luck of the Irish was certainly on the side of an Irish born Long Island resident who won a $21.5 million New York Lottery jackpot prize from a draw made on January 5th.

Patricia Eisel picked up her prize on Thursday after waiting just over three weeks before coming forward to get her life changing amount of money. The 40 year old said that she “froze” when she realised she had matched all six numbers in the draw made earlier this month.

Eisel moved to the United States from Ireland in 1995, and says her first order of business after depositing her check of $7,907,313 – the lump sum she received after taxes – will be a trip to Ireland to see her mother, who still doesn’t know about her daughter’s millionaire status.

Eisel’s brother Brian Daily flew to New York from Ireland to be with his sister after she won. “I am delighted for her,” Daily said. “Life is going to get better for her.”

Eisel, who has three sons, says she’ll give up her waitressing job to be a full time mother. But she doesn’t plan on telling her boys about her lottery windfall. She’ll just say that the family’s luck has finally changed.

“I will buy a home, not a house, here in New York. Something very comfortable with a big fenced in yard that the boys can run around in. I know they’ll be thrilled when I tell them we’ll also buy a family dog to run around the yard with them,” she said.

source: Irish Central



Published: January 28, 2011

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