A pizza twirler from Greece by way of Long Island got the birthday wish of his dreams—a $1 million winning lottery ticket.
Dimitrios Hatzisotiriou treated himself to some scratch-off tickets on his 73rd birthday while he was waiting, ironically, for the bank to open.
“I was on my way to the bank to pay some bills, but it was closed,” Hatzisotiriou said. “I went to my friend’s liquor store a few storefronts down and played some tickets while I waited for the bank to open.”
Little did he know, he was a few scratch-offs away from becoming a millionaire.
After losing $25 and winning $50, Hatzisotiriou decided to buy one last $10 ticket with the winnings—opting for the “Holiday Millionaire” scratch-off.
“I scratched off the numbers and saw the matching 36s and just started jumping up and down around the store. What a feeling!” the Lake Grove resident said.
But this time, he plans to fly to Greece to visit his 95-year-old mother he hasn’t seen in 20 years.
The $1 million prize on the “Holiday Millionaire” ticket is paid out as a one-time lump sum payment, according to the New York Gaming Commission.
Hatzisotiriou will walk away with $661,800 after required withholdings.
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