STATEN ISLAND – It almost became a pipe dream.
Anthony Perosi, a plumber from Staten Island, almost lost his chance at the millions of dollars from his winning Powerball ticket. The plumber had taken his Powerball card he had purchased on March 14 and placed it behind a pipe in his basement and never checked to see if he had the winning numbers, lottery officials said Thursday.
“That’s where I keep all of my tickets. I even printed out the winning numbers from the drawing, but never checked them against my ticket,” Perosi said in a news release.
Six weeks later, on April 27, Perosi finally got around to checking his ticket when he had some free time.
“I was having some car trouble and had some free time that morning," Perosi said. "When I saw all the numbers matched up, I panicked. I immediately called my son and asked him to come over right away!”
Perosi claimed his winnings the next day at cash value of $88,533,767, lottery officials said. He will split some of the money with his son, Anthony Perosi III, who said he plans to pay off some bills and go on vacation.
After all the withholdings, Perosi will take home a net sum of $38,612,055 while his son will pocket $16,548,023.
When asked about what he was going to do with his new-found wealth, a seemingly stunned Perosi responded by saying, “I honestly don’t know what my plans are right now. I want to continue to work, but will be able to relax a little more and not have any worries financially.”
Perosi is not the first lottery winner we have seen in New York recently. According to lottery officials, there were two other winners in the past six months, both from Sullivan County, who hit the Mega Millions jackpot at $326 million and $126 million.
“We are thrilled to have another jackpot win in New York – the third multimillion jackpot win in recent months. New York is truly a lucky place to play both Powerball and Mega Millions," said Gardner Gurney, acting director in the division of lottery.
The winning lottery numbers from Perosi’s March 14 Powerball drawing worth $136 million were 8, 14, 39, 46, 47, and Powerball 18.