Retired Rikers Corrections Officer Hits the Jackpot!

Norris Henry is sole winner of $6,000,000 Lotto jackpot

By Ozzie Martinez
|  Wednesday, Nov 11, 2009  |  Updated 12:31 AM EDT
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Retired Rikers Corrections Officer Hits the Jackpot!

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Norris Henry and his wife Eleanor collecting their six million Lotto jackpot.

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A retired Rikers Island Corrections Officer is now a millionaire.

Norris Henry, a 76-year-old from Westbury, is the sole winner of a $6 million Lotto jackpot drawn on October 14.

"I went to the Lottery thinking I had a second-prize-winning ticket. I had no idea I won the jackpot," said Henry.

Henry worked for the New York City Correction Department for 30 years before retiring in 2000.

He has been playing the lottery for more than 25 years and finally hit it big!

Henry usually plays numbers given to him by his wife of 36 years, Eleanor.

"Sometimes the numbers come to her in her dreams and she passes them on to me. Sometimes they work, and sometimes they don't," he said.

Henry chose to receive the $6 million jackpot as a lump sum.

He will receive his prize as a one-time cash payment totaling $3,342,652, before required tax withholdings.

His net check will total $2,207,153.

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