The New York Lottery has seen a number of winners in recent days, including a Match 4 and the Powerball winner for the Jan. 30, drawing. Though not for the jackpot Powerball prize, the New York winning Powerball ticket is for $1,000,000 dollars. New York has a number of popular jackpot lottery games, scratch games and daily games that enable NY residents the chance to strike it big. New York Lottery jackpot games include Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto and Cash4Life. The Jan. 29, Mega Millions drawing saw four winners who matched 4 out of 5 plus the Mega Ball for a total of $5,000 each. New York had 13 Lotto winners who won $1,462 each. The Jan. 28, drawing for Cash4Life saw 7 winners who won the third prize of $2,500 each. The next Powerball drawing will be held on Feb 3, 2016, for an estimated jackpot of $112 million. The next Mega Millions drawing will be held on Tuesday, Feb 2, 2016, for an estimated jackpot of $63 million. The Lotto jackpot is at 11.3 million and the drawing takes place on Feb. 3, 2016. The next Cash4Life drawing takes place on Feb. 1, 2016.
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In addition to New York’s multi-state jackpot games, there are also many popular scratch off games. New York residents can learn more about the scratch off games available to play, as well as their prizes at the official New York lottery site’s instant games report. Many New York scratch off games have prizes that allow winners to win cash for the rest of their lives. Ticket prices range from $1 to $10 and more and they have different deadlines. New games are added frequently so check with the official New York lottery site to determine odds, how to play, and discover what games are available.
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Amanda Green of Billfold interviewed a man who won $3 million in a New York Lottery scratch card game. The interview provides a look at what happens behind the scenes when someone wins, as well as practical and wise steps one should take if they do win big. The lucky NY winner won a $96,000 annuity for 28 years. He stated that the first thing he did after winning was get an attorney and an accountant. He also discussed the importance of getting a will so that if the winner passes away, their family can continue to enjoy the benefits as opposed to the winnings returning to the state. Amanda Green asked the winner how he handled the winnings.
“The first thing I did was get a lawyer and a will. If you don’t have a will and something happens to you the next day, that lottery money goes to the city. Then I got an accountant. When you win money, you’ve gotta think about taxes. Taxes will kill you. If you don’t do the right thing, Uncle Sam will get you. If you don’t pay taxes, you end up owing a lot of penalties. I started investing. That was new for me. After a month or two, I planned a trip for me and my whole family.”
He also told how his life had changed since winning the money. Even though he kept his job, his marriage eventually fell apart and he waited to tell his sons about the money.
“I was married and living in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. I got divorced two years after I won and had to give her some of it.”
Amanda stated that he didn’t tell his sons right away about the win.
“You didn’t tell your adult sons about the money right away.”
Speaking about his sons, he explained that he is there for his children, but isn’t going to be a money dispenser.
“Nope. I waited to tell my oldest son, who was locked up. My other son’s money-hungry. They know now, but they don’t bother me about it. They know I’ll do things for them, but I’m not going to just give everything away. I’m a practical person. I got my middle son an apartment and paid his rent for six months. He has to do the rest.”
When asked if he still plays scratch offs, he answered yes and states he still wins, but hasn’t won anything as substantial as the $98,000 cash annuity.
I find interviews with lottery winners fascinating in a vicarious way: https://t.co/HMzvH9CZ4I
— WALDORF DAMERON (@pearwaldorf) January 14, 2016
Have you won anything playing New York Lottery games? Do you play lottery jackpot games like Powerball and Mega Millions, scratch offs or daily games?
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