A 66-year-old Westchester man picked up his giant check for $10 million from lottery officials at the spot where he says he stops every day for a cup of a coffee and a scratch-off ticket.
Michael Marks of Hartsdale won his $10,000,000 prize on a $10,000 a Week for Life scratch-off ticket he purchased during his daily trip to A-Plus, lottery officials said.
“This is my store,” Marks said. “I come in here every day for a cup of coffee and my scratch-off tickets.”
The excited Marks, who scratched his ticket in the store, said he knew he won a substantial prize when he scanned the ticket at the counter.
“The machine lit up and said big winner, see Lottery agent. I asked the retailer for a pen, locked myself in the bathroom and signed the ticket," he told officials as he picked up his prize.
Marks chose to receive his prize in annual installments of $520,000 before required withholdings. He will receive a net check totaling $349,336 every year for the rest of his life, lottery officials said.
“This really is amazing,” he said as he received the check. “I really haven’t given much thought to how I’ll spend the money yet. Right now, I just plan to enjoy life.”
A-Plus is located at 17 N Central Avenue in Hartsdale.
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