FISHKILL – A Suffern man,
Frank Rivera, is $15.8 million richer after winning in the November 5,
2016 Lotto drawing.
Ellis Gitlin of New City played Lotto for the December 31, 2016 drawing
and won $6.5 million.
Both men were at the New York Lottery’s Fishkill office on Friday
to receive large ceremonial checks for their winnings.
Rivera plays Lottery games on a regular basis. The retired state Department
of Correctional Services employee is sharing the winnings with his daughter,
Laura Rivera-Sachs, who works as a business analyst for a New Jersey company.
When Rivera bought his winning ticket at Drug Mart Tallman on Route 59
in Suffern, he couldn’t believe he won. When his daughter came home,
he had her check the numbers. “At first I didn’t believe my
dad, but then I checked the numbers multiple times, and looked at where
the winning ticket was purchased, and then I started to believe it was
Rivera said he “always wanted to be able to do things for my family
and now I’m able to.”
They have chosen to receive their prize as a one-time lump sum payment,
and each of them will receive $3.76 million after taxes.
Gitlin is also a frequent lottery game player. He bought his winning ticket
at the Dollar Store in New City and when he checked the numbers. “I
was in complete disbelief,” he said on Friday.
He plans to use his winnings to help his children, invest for the future
and take a vacation to Europe.
Gitlin has chosen to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum payment
and will take home over $2.8 million after required withholdings.