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New York deli that sold $1 million lotto ticket hopes winner will share in wealth


The Bronx deli workers who sold a $1 million Mega Millions ticket amid the game’s $1 billion jackpot are hoping the local winner will come back to split their pot — since their store isn’t getting any bonuses from sale.

While New York pays $10,000 to retailers selling winning Mega Millions or Powerball tickets, no such benefit exists involving lesser winners.

“I hope this new winner comes along, take care of me and the other guys,” said Al, a worker at the New Way Deli in Kingsbridge Heights, where the in-game billion dollar ticket dollars was sold last week. .

Al, who declined to share his full name, told the Post that a former customer won $1 million at Powerball in 2017 and returned afterwards to distribute the money to other deli customers.

“He came back and blessed everyone. He was giving $500 to random customers, $2,000 to this guy, $5,000 to this guy. He spent like $50,000 just to give people money,” Al recalled. “We were the ones who told him he won. He was shaking. said, “Don’t play with me.” He came back and blessed everyone.

The lone winning ticket for Friday’s $1.34 billion Mega Millions game jackpot was sold at the Speedy Café Speedway gas station in Des Plaines, Illinois, lottery officials said.

The station will now receive $500,000 for the sale of the ticket, in accordance with Illinois regulations.

Al, an employee of the store where the winning lotto ticket was sold in the Bronx.
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New York deli that sold $1 million lotto ticket hopes winner will share in wealth
A previous winner returned to the deli and “blessed everyone” with some of those winnings, according to a worker.
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Al said his team hopes to strike gold by selling a winning first-place ticket involving a big jackpot.

“God rewards those who are honest,” he said. “Hopefully the third time will be the jackpot. That’s what we want. We want the big one.

“When we hit the jackpot, everyone will be like, ‘This store?’ Come on, we’ll have lines at the door.

Unlike Illinois, New York requires its lottery winners to identify themselves publicly, although they can choose to raise money through a limited liability company.

New York Post

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