Factory worker Isabel Zelaya said he didn’t really want to go back to his job after winning the New York Mega Millions lottery and a cheque for $26 million that was about to radically change his life. The 46 year old from Wyandanch, Suffolk County couldn’t care less that the big win came on Friday 13th - he was far too shocked to find that he was a Mega Millions jackpot millionaire.

Factory worker Isabel Zelaya said he didn’t really want to go back to his job after winning the New York Mega Millions lottery and a cheque for $26 million that was about to radically change his life.  The 46 year old from Wyandanch, Suffolk County couldn’t care less that the big win came on Friday 13th - he was far too shocked to find that he was a Mega Millions jackpot millionaire.


The Mega Millions winner from New York came to the state 26 years ago from El Salvador with his family and only began playing the lottery the year before, dreaming of winning an amount of money that would help him set up his own business. Winning the Mega Millions jackpot gave the father of two the chance to fulfil his dream of becoming a restaurant owner.  His cheque after taxes was just over $12 million and would provide him with everything he needed and more to start his new life.

He bought the ticket containing the Mega Millions winning numbers at the P and T Supermarket in Wyandanch, choosing quick picks for his $3. The lucky numbers were 10, 12, 26, 46, 50 and the Mega Ball 23. He said that he was living proof that luck could overcome superstition by winning the Mega Millions jackpot on Friday 13th.

When he arrived to pick up his check at Lottery headquarters, the factory worker was probably the happiest guy in town. And now that he was rich and had the money to do his own thing, Isabel was looking forward to being his own boss for a change.

The supermarket that sold Isabel the ticket which had the winning Mega Millions numbers on it also got a bonus of $10,000.

New York State holds the record for the largest Mega Millions jackpot win in 2007 which netted the lucky ticket holder a massive $390 million.

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