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Lottery winners share plans on spending million dollar prizes

New home sweet home

A new house could be on the horizon for million-dollar lottery winner Frank Compoccio, of Ridge, who won second prize in the June 11 Powerball drawing, the New York Lottery said.

He was one of six winners to receive ceremonial checks Tuesday, to the total tune of $16,500,000.

Compoccio, who is retired from a technology company job, and bought his ticket at the 7-Eleven at 1670 Rte. 25 in Ridge, will receive a net payment of $661,800, the lottery said.


Bronx retiree wins $11.5M jackpot

When retiree Leroy Beckford, 83, of the Bronx, found he hit the July 5 Lotto jackpot for $11,500,000, he said, "I was in total shock. I just couldn't believe it, and then I called my daughter to tell her the good news."

He said he has no special plans for his lump sum net payment of $4,591,672, other than "to enjoy the final years of my life," the lottery said.

He bought his ticket at 7&7 Deli and Grocery, 857 E. 241st St. in the Bronx.


Lucky trip to Ridgewood candy shop

Daniella Marin, of Ridgewood, Queens, accompanied her father, who was getting a haircut July 6. She headed off to Metro Candy, 96-13 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills, where she bought an Extreme 8s ticket.

When she scratched the ticket at the store and realized she had won $1 million, she said to herself, "Oh my God! This can't be true!"

Electing the one lump sum payment, Marin, who is between jobs, will receive a net of $485,971, which she said she would use to buy a house and maybe for a trip to Costa Rica or Colombia, according to the lottery.


Winning mom shares prize with sons

"You better sit down," is how Elisabeth Koch, of Blauvelt, in Rockland County, started phone conversations with her two sons when she called to tell them she had just won $1 million in the 25X the Cash scratch-off game. What's more, she's splitting the winnings with her sons, Ronald and Charles of Washington Township, New Jersey, the lottery said.

Along with a graduation card, Koch had picked up the ticket at V&S Quick Mart, 23 Rte. 303, Tappan.

Scratching her ticket at the store, she said she saw "Jackpot," but didn't quite know what that meant. The clerk told her, "You just won a million dollars."

Koch and her sons are each receiving a net $167,656.33. She said she plans to pay bills and enjoy retirement, with her sons stashing the money away for college for their kids, the lottery said.


Glendale woman plans house purchase

Leonor Perez, of Glendale, Queens, was "amazingly happy" when she realized she won a second-prize $1 million in the July 12 Powerball drawing.

Buying her ticket at the 185th Street Liquor Store, 4329 Broadway, she said, "I checked my ticket on the lottery's website, and when I saw that I matched five out of the six numbers, I just couldn't believe it."

Perez, too, said she expects to buy a house with her lump sum net of $623,040, the lottery said.


Powerball winner plans Europe trip

Marie Davidson-James, of Brooklyn, said she's expecting to buy a car and take a trip to Europe with the net $623,040 she's getting as a result of winning a $1 million second prize in the May 21 Powerball drawing, the lottery said.

She bought her ticket at Addis Grocery, 2227 Ditmas Ave. in Brooklyn.