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New York Lottery winners rake in $14 million

A butcher shop worker, an IT professional and a retiree are among the six lottery winners to receive ceremonial checks Wednesday in Manhattan totaling $14 million, New York Lottery officials said.

Margaret Douglas, 51, bought her $10,000 A Week For Life scratch-off game ticket from her own employer, the Pathmark at 1525 Albany Ave., Brooklyn, where she works as a meat wrapper in the store's butcher shop, lottery officials said.

The single mother of two may be working there a little less, as she said her plans include "cutting back on my hours and relaxing a little more," and buying a new home.

Douglas, of Flatbush, is taking a single lump sum payment of $7,791,512, with a net of $4,854,424.

Often using break time to play the lottery, Douglas bought the winning ticket on a coffee break. But that day, "I didn't get any coffee," Douglas said.

Terry Dulan, 49, picked up his winning Powerball ticket for the Feb. 12 drawing at a convenience store not far from where he lives in Clinton Hill.

The IT professional said he "was shocked" when he scanned the ticket, bought at Waverly Convenience, 349 B Waverly Ave., Brooklyn, and realized he was $1 million richer.

Actually, he's richer by a net of $623,040, as he opted for a single payment, some of which will go to pay bills, he said, and take a family vacation.

He was one of eight people nationwide to win the $1 million second prize for the drawing's jackpot of $286 million.

A retired hospital bookkeeper, Otto Royal, 71, said that to "keep busy," he enjoys drinking coffee and playing the lottery.

Those activities paid off for him when he went out to Mattie and Juanita Deli, 350A Tompkins Ave., Brooklyn, and bought coffee and a Win $1,000 A Week For Life ticket, which he brought home to drink and scratch.

The Bedford-Stuyvesant resident said that when he realized he was a winner, "I couldn't believe it. I thought I was seeing things . . . like my eyes were playing tricks on me so I went next door to have my neighbor look at it, too."

Opting for a one-time net payment of $483,847, he said he plans to "enjoy my life and do some of the things I always wanted to do," which could include a Disneyland trip with his grandchildren.

Two co-workers at a Bronx deli who are regular lottery buddies are splitting a $1 million Powerball prize from the Feb. 22 drawing, which had a $40 million jackpot, lottery officials said.

"I bought the ticket at the store right in front of my house," said Marcial Martinez of the Bronx, a delivery man for Everyday Home Deli. That would be Allerton Liquor, 693 Allerton Ave.

He and colleague Angel Dutan of East Elmhurst often pool money for tickets and share the winnings, he said.

In this case, each will walk away with a one-time cash payment of $305,900 net.

"My life has changed already," said Dutan, who is planning to buy a house, while Martinez is still weighing his options.

After Julio Estrella, a father of three, saw "Jackpot 1 Million" on his ticket, both he and his wife took the rest of the day off to discuss plans for his Monopoly Jackpot winnings.

But before that, Estrella, 45, a dishwasher at a private club, said he "jumped and screamed to my friend, 'I can't believe it. I won.' "

He's taking a lump sum payment of $485,971, net, and said he plans to buy a new home for his family.

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