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Richard Giles has been playing lottery games for 40 years and finally he’s become a lottery millionaire. The lucky player from Macedon in New York, won a $9.8m New York Lotto jackpot in the October 11, 2017 draw, and received his prize this week.

Giles had a regular habit of going to Hegedorns Market in Webster to buy some lottery tickets, but his previous largest win was $10,000. After purchasing a Quick Pick ticket for the October 11 New York Lotto draw, the 76-year-old landed the top prize just months after the New York Lottery celebrated its 50th anniversary.

“I checked my numbers after the drawing and realized that I matched all six numbers,” the lucky New York Lotto winner said. Initially he wasn’t sure that his ticket had won the jackpot so checked it again to be sure, not straight away though, he waited until the following day to do that.

Finally, his New York Lotto win was confirmed, and he quickly locked it in his safe, so it wasn’t lost. That’s not quite as strange as the Irish woman who hid a €5.4m winning Irish Lotto ticket in a sports bra cup. Canadian Maurice De Gennaro hid his $60m winning Lotto Max ticket under a carpet to keep it safe.

Giles then called his financial adviser to get some help with how to deal with his New York Lotto winnings. At least he didn’t take too long to claim his winnings unlike a player last year who came forward to get his $24.1 New York Lotto winnings days before it was due to expire.

The jubilant New York Lotto jackpot winner received his winning cheque on Thursday February 1 and has taken a one-off lump sum payment of $4,419,643. “I never thought I’d win,” Giles said. “There’s so many people playing and a lot of numbers to pick from.”

Richard plans to use some of his New York Lotto winnings to buy a new set of golf clubs and some new bowling balls. He also intends to pay off his bills and go on holiday “somewhere warm” with his wife and to help his children and local church. Despite being a New York Lotto millionaire, he says, “I’m not going to change. I’m the same person.” That’s just what Johanne Leblond from Canada said after her $37.5m Lotto Max jackpot.

Perhaps Giles will have more lottery wins, as he’s pledged to carry on buying lottery tickets in the future.

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