LI floral designer wins $33M in Mega Millions

Philip Cimino, of Garden City Park, who won a $33 million Mega Millions prize, and Joel Ditkowsky, of Commack, who chalked up a $1 million prize in Wednesday's Powerball game, talk about how it feels to win big at a state lottery news conference. Videojournalist: Jim Staubitser (Nov. 29, 2012)

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A 67-year-old bachelor from Garden City Park claimed a $33 million jackpot Thursday for a Mega Millions ticket he bought just a couple of days after superstorm Sandy hit Long Island.

Philip Cimino said he's thinking of buying a condo, but has no other immediate plans for his after-tax, lump-sum payout of $16,408,264. "I'm still on cloud 9," Cimino said at the New York State Lottery office in Garden City.

Cimino said he never thought he'd be secure enough financially to retire. "One day I'm worried about paying my bills and the next day, that's all gone," Cimino said as lottery officials presented him an oversized check for winning the Mega Millions jackpot on Nov. 2.

He said he would cut back on his job as a floral designer at San Giorgio Florist & Garden Shop in Carle Place, but would still work two or three days a week.

"I have no need for luxury things. I just want to sleep at night knowing I'll be OK," he said. Asked whether he planned to donate any of his winnings to Sandy victims, he said: "I'm thinking about that very much. I don't have a figure yet."

Other winners announced Thursday included a Greenlawn couple who will split a $1 million payout from scratch-off games they purchased with the wife's mother. After taxes, Anthony and Jennifer Auriemma will get $16,545 a year for 20 years, as will Jennifer's mother, Frances Brauer, of Merritt Island, Fla.

With Gary Dymski

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