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Newly Retired Handyman Wins $476 Mega Millions Jackpot

QUEENS, NEW YORK —”It still doesn’t feel real,” said Johnnie Taylor, 71, of Howard Beach, Queens, NY, according to a news release from the New York State Lottery. Taylor won the record-setting $476 million Mega Millions jackpot in April.

It is such an amazing occurrence that his wife made Taylor “go online to prove to her that the numbers on his ticket matched all the winning numbers: 23-27-41-48-51, with Mega Ball 22.”

Lottery officials said, “he regularly plays Mega Millions and Powerball quick-pick tickets and adds the multiplier when jackpots rise to $100 million. Taylor opted to take the cash value of the annuitized prize, a lump sum payment totaling $157,288,402 after required state and federal withholding, according to lottery officials.”

Liberty Beer and Convenience, located at 93-18 Liberty Avenue receives a $10,000 bonus from the New York Lottery for selling the ticket.

Patch reports that, “Taylor recently retired from his job as a building handyman in Manhattan and has grand plans for his future, including buying a new home, replacing his 2012 Prius with a newer model hybrid vehicle, lots of traveling, and donating to his local church, lottery officials said.”

“The New York Lottery congratulates Mr. Taylor on winning this historic jackpot, the sales for which brought millions of dollars to New York’s public schools and lottery retailers across the state,” New York State Gaming Commission Chairman Brian O’Dwyer said in the news release.


(Material from Patch was used in this report)


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