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19-Year-Old Boy is New York Lottery’s Millionaire

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A 19-year-old from Midwood is the latest winner of the New York Lottery’s Millionaire instant scratch-off game.

Waquas Mazhar, a student at Kingsborough Community College, is one of four New York winners recently presented with prize checks of $1 million or more.

Mazhar, originally from Pakistan, has been living in the U.S. for five years, currently in Midwood with his parents and two younger siblings.

Mazhar won the $5 scratch-off ticket in May, but did not return to claim his prize until July. He picked up the ticket while at Bolla Operating Corp. store at 2773 Nostrand Avenue and proceeded to drive to a field to play cricket with his friends. Once he arrived, he scratched the ticket and immediately went home to his parents in disbelief.

“When I realized I’d won, I left the field, went home, and told my parents,” he said. “They couldn’t believe it.”

Prior to that day, the most Mazhar had ever won from the New York Lottery was $25.

He will receive his million over the course of 20 years, receiving $31,191 annually after taxes.

The other millionaire winners include Mary Starkins, a retired waitress from Forest Hills, Queens; Carl Williams, a Nassau County environmental services worker; and Nehemiah Bellamy, a plumber from Amityville, Suffolk County.

Presenter Yolanda Vega gave the lottery winners their checks at the New York Lottery Customer Service Center on August 13.

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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