The odds surely were in his favor.
A Long Island native won the New York Lottery for the second time on May 11, two years to the day he lost his wife to cancer.
Bruce Magistro, a construction worker, intends to enjoy life with his new fiancee and share his new fortune with the members of his family. His winnings come from the scratch-off game, “Win $1,000 A Week For Life.”
“I started scratching the ticket and I saw one Life symbol and then the second and I thought, ‘This is impossible.’ I saw the third life and even I couldn’t believe it,” he said.
Magistro first won big in 2012 when he was the lucky winner of the game “Extreme Cash,” which has now been retired.
Although it is standard for the lottery to take 25% of winnings for federal tax and another 6% to 9% depending on the state taxes, a good portion of the winnings from his first win went to medical bills for his late wife. This time around, he has found love again and intends on using the remaining funds to build their new life together.
Magistro has a few choices in how his winnings can be paid to him: he can receive a $1 million pay out broken up into 20 annual installments with additional annual prize payments after for the rest of his life, or he could simply take the large sum of $527,560 after taxes.
The state of New York was not the only state to have a big winner of the lottery using a scratch-off game. Also on May 11, D’angelo Bussey of Augusta, GA, won a Harley-Davidson playing an instant scratch-off game. The name of the game has not yet been released.
Bussey picked up his new ride from Timms Harley-Davidson of Augusta and was reported saying it felt like a dream.
Based on the Georgia Lottery website, six tickets remain to win a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.