Two lucky Long Islanders and a Florida man received ceremonial checks Wednesday after winning big in the New York Lottery.
Michael Pozzi, 50, of Central Islip, won a $1 million second-place Powerball prize, and Betty Leong, of Massapequa, cashed in on a $10,000 a Week for Life scratch-off winner. Daniel Golio, of Hudson, Florida, won the $5 million jackpot on a Cash X100 scratch-off ticket he purchased in the Bronx.
Pozzi said at a Plainview news conference that he had been playing the same numbers for the past couple months when he bought his winning Powerball ticket from the 7-Eleven on Motor Parkway in Brentwood in April.
Pozzi, who plays the lottery almost every day, said he started to hyperventilate after learning he had a winning ticket.
“I was in total awe,” Pozzi said. “I can’t believe this happened to me finally. I’ve been playing for so many years.”
Pozzi will receive a one-time, lump-sum payment of $661,800, which he plans to invest, use to pay off some bills and maybe buy a new house.
Leong, a retired teacher, won a multimillion-dollar payout after purchasing her winning ticket at LR Cards & Gifts on Merrick Road in Massapequa.
She will receive a one-time payment totaling $5,181,301, which she’ll use to pay off bills, donate to her church and to charity, and treat her family to a Yankees game.
“It’s really a godsend,” she said at the news conference.
Golio will receive a check, after taxes, for $2,647,200, and give the remaining $661,800 to his longtime lottery partner, Laura Bianco of Burlington, North Carolina.