New York City Man Hits $7 Million Jackpot With Lottery Scratch-Off

A Staten Island man is $7,000,000 richer after hitting a scratch-off lottery ticket jackpot.

Rigoberto Mejia, a construction company owner, hit it big on New York Lottery’s $7,000,000 “Golden Ticket,” according to the New York State Gaming Commission.

“I always buy the tickets with the biggest prizes,” Mejia said in a statement.

Mejia bought his ticket on Nov. 30 at a bagel store on Staten Island and claimed his prize Dec. 2. He chose to cash it in as a one-time lump sum, totaling $4,361,280.

He received his payout Wednesday, just two days before Christmas.

Mejia said when he took the ticket home to his wife on Nov. 30 they “kept looking at the ticket for a couple of hours and asking themselves, ‘Can this be real?’”

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