NBC New York
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.