A retired bus driver is now riding down Easy Street.
Frederick McClendon of Brooklyn claimed the winning ticket for the top prize of $7 million in the New York Lottery's Cash4Life draw game, according to a news release from the agency.
"I usually play the Powerball or Mega Millions games, but instinct told me to buy a Cash4Life ticket this time," McClendon said Tuesdya in a statement.
McClendon, 51, who retired from the NYC Transit Authority, became the 160th New Yorker to claim a New York Lottery prize of $1 million or more in 2014, lottery officials said.
McClendon purchased the ticket on Nov. 24, the day of the draw, at MX Wines & Spirits on Halsey Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant, but waited until the Thursday after the drawing to check his ticket at the same store. The clerk told him a top-prize winning Cash4Life ticket was bought there, which prompted McClendon to check his ticket and find that the prize was his, the lottery said.
"I checked my ticket right in the store, and the store clerk gave me a printout of the results," McClendon said. "That's when I knew I had won big."
He claimed his ticket on Dec. 1 and opted to receive his winnings in a lump-sum payment of $4,361,280 after required withholdings. He called his win surreal and said he was "in shock," according to the lottery.
McClendon did not have a plan for what he would do with the money.
"We're at the beginning of a new year," he said, "and I just want to take some time to really think about it before making any decision."