N.Y. Winners Claim $9 Million Wednesday
June 13, 2013 – The New York Lottery had a busy day Wednesday when Lottery winners from all over the state showed up to claim a total of $9 million in prizes.
Steven Rymer, a 23-year-old winner from the Bronx, told the New York Daily News that a celebratory dinner turned into a food fight. “That’s how crazy it was,” said Rymer on the feeling of winning $1 million.
Kim Johnson and Cheryll Wright of Brooklyn, and their friend Kory Stewart of Warwick, claimed $2 million they won on the May 18 Powerball drawing.
Stewart said she was driving on the Tappan Zee Bridge when she got a phone call from Johnson telling her they’d won, and that she was “so ecstatic” she almost hit her head on the top of her car.
Juan Rodriguez, 56, from the Woodside section of Queens, also won a million dollars on the May 18 record jackpot drawing, and told the Daily News that he’d pay some bills and go on vacation.
“I’m definitely going to buy that house I always wanted. I’m checking out the Mercedes-Benz, but I don’t know yet,” he added.
Barbara Bell, 59 from Staten Island, won $1 million playing New York’s Jumbo Bucks scratch-off game.
“It’s too much money to actually think about what you’re going to do with it. It’s too much,” Bell said.
Jose Gonzales, a 43-year-old Bronx resident, was another second-prize Powerball winner. His plans for the money include a trip to Disney for his family.
Carlton McKenzie, 46, lives in the Mill Basin area of Brooklyn, and claimed a million-dollar prize with Mega Millions. He’s planning to buy himself a Mercedes with some of the money.
Maria Lacson was another scratch-off winner – the 53-year-old from Queens hit a $1 million prize with New York’s Prism Payout scratch-off.
Finally, 65-year-old Jerome Moody, from the Fresh Meadows area of Queens, also won a second-tier prize on the record May 18 Powerball drawing.