10 Long Islanders Receive Lottery Prizes

One 37-year-old mother of three won the $1,000,000 a Year for Life scratch-off

Thursday, Jan 26, 2012  |  Updated 9:30 PM EDT
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The New York Lottery's loving Long Islanders. It dished out millions of dollars worth of prizes to several Long Islanders Thursday, including a $1 million-per-year for life prize.

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The New York Lottery's loving Long Islanders. It dished out millions of dollars worth of prizes to several Long Islanders Thursday, including a $1 million-per-year for life prize.

Ten Long Islanders Thursday received their ceremonial New York Lottery prize checks, worth a total of $29 million, officials said.

Among the winners was 37-year-old Yuliya Lankri of Valley Stream in Nassau County, who won the Win $1,000,000 a Year for Life scratch-off game.

Lankri said she'd received her winning $30 scratch-off ticket as a Hanukkah gift from her husband Gabriel.

"I thought it was a joke," she said. "I am still in disbelief."

Other winners included a Massapequa couple who won at least $5 million on the Set for Life scratch-off game; a retired Merrick couple, who won a $1 million Golden Opportunity scratch-off; a Central Islip former corrections officer, who won at least $2 million on a Money for Life scratch-off; and a group of five workers at a Wantagh professional building, who won a $1 million Powerball Power Play prize.

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