N.Y. man wins second big lottery prize in two years

NEW YORK, N.Y. – A man from a small town outside of New York city calls himself “Mr Lucky” after he won a $1million scratch card prize from the New York Lottery, two years after he won a $250,000 prize.

With his second life changing prize win in two years, Barry Longwell, 64, an animal control officer told reporters that “it’s like a dream; I wish it could happen to everyone.”

Mr. Longwell, still a regular scratch card player, went to cash in $20 worth of tickets recently and decided to buy a few more with his winnings. One of the tickets that he bought with his winnings revealed that he was now a millionaire; a fact that he couldn’t help repeating at the presentation ceremony that he claimed his prize at.

His first big win came two years ago after he matched five numbers in a Mega Millions draw and took home a prize of $250,000. After this win, Barry Longwell and his family won’t have to worry about money for a very long time.

The “million dollar” prize will be paid out in instalments of $33,000 per year for 20 years after state and federal taxes are taken from the full prize amount.

Barry said that he would use the some of the money to fix up his house, repair an old van and take a family vacation. He plans to save the majority of the winnings, only spending some on lottery tickets as he explained that he still wants “to hit the big one” one day.

source. New York Post

Published: August 11, 2010

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