Wednesday August 21st, 2013 – A Yonkers man who has been playing New York Lottery for over 30 years finally hit it big last month and won a $2.9 million jackpot. Antonio Iglesias, 79, won the jackpot on July 13, 2013 and came forward yesterday to claim his winnings.
Iglesias, originally from Cuba, matched the winning numbers which were 2 – 9 – 14 – 16 – 23 – 27 from the New York Lotto drawing on Saturday July 13th, 2013 to win the jackpot. He purchased his winning ticket from the Stop & Shop Supermarket on Vredenburg Avenue in Yonkers, however the cashier accidentally charged him for an extra set of numbers and, as luck would have it, these were the numbers that hit and landed him with the $2.9 million jackpot!
He went to check his ticket on the Monday after the drawing and couldn’t believe it when the scanner flashed up ‘Big Winner’. “I said ‘holy cow’ and then signed it right away,” he told reporters when collecting his winnings.
New York Lottery officials presented him with his check at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway on Tuesday August 20th, 2013 where he opted to receive a cash lump sum which, after taxes, is worth $1,183,521.
Iglesias becomes New York’s 82nd millionaire of 2013 and plans to share his winnings with his family. Speaking to abc7 Eyewitness News he said: “I worked very hard my entire life. I will use the money to help out my children and grandchildren so maybe they won’t have to work as hard as I did.”
Congratulations Antonio from LotteryWorld – we hope you enjoy your winnings!
Other Lottery News
If you want to follow the footsteps of Iglesias and win a New York Lottery prize then the good news is you might have done so already! There is currently over $28 million of unclaimed lottery prize money in the state of New York alone, so we advise players to dig out any old lottery tickets and check them thoroughly to see if they have won a prize!
Just yesterday LotteryWorld reported that a NY Powerball prize worth $1 million remains unclaimed and is due to expire on August 25th, 2013 if the winner fails to come forward. Unclaimed prizes can be a result of players losing their tickets, putting them through the wash, forgetting to check their tickets and in some cases, players losing interest when they haven’t won the jackpot.
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