A Queens man who spent just $2 on a Mega Millions ticket was presented with a $133 million over-sized check this morning.
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From – https://nypost.com/2009/07/28/queens-man-claims-133m-mega-millions-prize/
Aubrey Boyce, 49, of Kew Gardens, won the July 7 drawing after letting the computer pick what turned out to be the winning numbers.
“Shocked and still a little nervous about the whole thing — that’s how I feel,” said Boyce. “It’s still very much a dream, a dream come true.”
Boyce was presented with a check during a news conference at Grand Central Terminal.
State lotto officials said Boyce opted for the lump-sum payment that will give him a whopping $82.7 million.
After taxes, Boyce will take home $54.6 million.
Boyce lives in a $145,000 condo he purchased four years ago and earned $64,472 in his job as a collection agent at the MTA.
Boyce, who also quit his job today, collected his new fortune as the Trustee of the Archibald Trust — a management tool he recently created to help him administer his Mega Millions windfall.
Boyce, who typically spends $12 a week on lottery tickets, said he doled out $2 on the morning of July 7 for two sets of Quick Pick numbers for that night’s drawing.
He said he never expected to win.
“I went to a different store the next day to check the winning numbers,” Boyce said. “I saw my numbers and got a little nervous. I went online to double check and there they were again; 25, 27, 35, 38, 39, and [Mega Ball] 28. My wife and I haven’t really slept since.”
Boyce said he immediately signed his ticket and kept it locked safely in a safe deposit box until he and his wife Francis contacted lotto officials.
“We were hoping things might calm down a little bit” he said. “But when that didn’t happen, we figured now was as good a time as any.”
Boyce bought the winning ticket at Shiv Convenience on Hillside Avenue in Jamaica, Queens.
The store — which has been selling Mega Millions tickets since the game’s debut in 2002 — received a $10,000 bonus from the New York Lottery for selling New York’s latest Mega Millions jackpot winner.
“I used to play the lottery so I could win big,” said Boyce. “Big enough to retire, have enough to live on. Now, I really don’t know what I’ll do beyond just taking care of my family.”
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